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Dear Friends, today let us take some time to ponder the mystery of Gods love for us as we reflect on the Passion and Death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I would like to invite you to make ‘Good Friday’ the Best Friday you will ever know…..So Let Us Rejoice!

Today’s Meditation:

To make this a memorable and special day for us, I would invite you to find a peaceful place in your home, your church, office or even outside if the weather is agreeable, where you can sit in a comfortable chair, place your hands on your lap with palms facing up, as a posture for receiving, feet flat on the floor, legs uncrossed, to slow down – and breathe deeply to relax. Surrender and abandon yourself to the present moment by quieting all the noise in your life, sensing God’s peaceful presence and open your heart, mind and imagination to the many wonders that God has created, and has revealed to us as co-creators and co-workers.

SSSHHHH!…… Listen and Let Us Be Attentive…

Spend a few minutes quietly pondering the following questions…and do not rush as silence is not something that most of us are accustomed to, but is a good thing to practice on occasion. Listening with Inner Stillness enables us to Hear the True Voice Who Speaks to our heart.

Now….I want you to think about what it would be like if you were the only person walking the face of the earth. Just you and all that God has created, the birds, the ocean, the mountains, the streams and every living thing….but you are the only one here.

Do you feel alone?

Do you wish that there was someone to share all this beauty with?

What does it feel like?

Now let us step away from the earth, and now you are the only person viewing and experiencing our galaxy…

You and You Alone….

Do you feel alone?

“If I could just have someone here to hold my hand so we could experience this together is a possible thought that might come to mind.”

Now let us step back even further, and SEE The Heavens and all their luminaries..Oh So Vast, So Big, So Huge….. So Empty?


God is the Creator of All that is: of All that lives and God is Forever!
The Universe has no boundaries or borders, and Ultimately Gods love has no boundaries and no borders.

I have invited you to ponder these marvelous things to set the stage for what happened on that first Good Friday and every Friday that will ensue into eternity…

God does not need us to sustain his creation but he wants us and created us to enjoy its many splendors, Festivities, Celebrations as well as disappointment, loss of life and love ones: all that makes up the ongoing story of life for all of us…

God, the creator of all, chose not to be alone, but in the course of time allowed for creation to give rise to our very being….created in his Image and Likeness, we are endowed with all the virtues and wisdom of the creator. And after a time when it was necessary to step in and mend the chaos and havoc that we humans have a tendency to create when left to ourselves, He gave us his only begotten Son…”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Out of the generosity of the Creator, we were created and invited to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. To taste life and unfortunately, for as long as we are here in the world: to taste death as well.

This is not to be morbid but to be real.

In contrast to God’s generosity in creating us in His image and likeness for we are the handmaid of the Lord, …the politics and small mindedness of the Pharisees and Sadducees along with an equally threatened Roman official Pontius Pilot, gave rise to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Golgotha: as story we are all too familiar with……but a reality and revelation that we may not be fully aware of… is just how generous Jesus was in union with God the Father who desires our friendship, our love and our devotion, not because God needs it, but because we do, and God knows we that all too well.

Bare in mind that Jesus “Is” all about Life, Living Life to the Fullness, “Is” all about Forgiveness and Reconciliation, was and is all about abiding in us for all eternity and that is a long time….I will have you know! He came to show us Who We Really Are!

So why did the Pharisees and the Religious Hierarchy want this humble yet bold and fresh spirited leader put to death?

There are many answers to this question, but at the end of the day, it simply bois down to the fact that the Leaders at the time, which still goes on today in some respects in major institutions, were not Big enough to Hear the Bold Fresh and Prophetic message of the Redeemer of All.

For those leaders then, and for many leaders today, if it does not fit in the box then we don’t want to hear it.

The Knowledge, Wisdom, Love and Power of Jesus Christ could not be contained and appropriated by the Jewish Law of His time. I don’t believe that it can be contained by any system of beliefs and structures that we utilize to manage , a word I use loosely, our planet and the many cultures that make up our world Today. He is Bigger Than Life…Bigger than the Universe, Bigger than any church, but none-the-less, desires to dwell in our hearts and set us FREE, to experience and celebrate Unlimited Grace, (God’s Friendship) Love and Abundance!

I think that many of us are aware that as soon as you try to institutionalize anything, it may lose its flavor, or as we say its Salt.

The Message of Jesus and Abundant Life is Unambiguous. It is Totally Clear and is only interrupted and distorted when we insert our limiting beliefs. Jesus said: “I have come to give you life and life to the FULLNESS!”

My friends, His message is all about life and abundance FOR ALL.

Think about it: Jesus was willing to give his life to make that perfectly clear. Talk about commitment….there you have it.

This is in no way to minimize or reduce the Ssupreme Act of Christ’s Love for us in His Crucifixion, Passion and Resurrection, or to see him as a utilitarian functionary to prove the point that God cares. ….But God knows and Jesus knows that Life and Abundance is HUGE and cannot be contained. It is free and available to all who desire it and it’s fruitful manifestations as something so life giving that it goes beyond words….

Even on Good Friday, many Churches “Celebrate” the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, Crucified. It is a Remembrance, a Memorial and Acknowledgement of the Price that the Son of God paid for our sins and transgressions with His Own Blood. And I dare say that some of our greatest sins and transgressions rally around an unwillingness to go beyond the borders and boundaries of our limiting beliefs that unfortunately have been so ingrained in most of us since birth.

When the Roman Soldier pierced the side of Jesus, after he expired, blood and water flowed from the side of Christ. The Blood and Water symbolizes for us the Infinite Mercy and the Infinite Love that God has for us now and forever. Water, one of life’s essentials, is also a very powerful symbol and sign in the Judeo-Christian Communities, as it speaks to our need for Salvation and Redemption and for Christians, has been incorporated into the Sacrament of Baptism. …Struck with awe, the soldier fell to his knees and believed…. This intuitive and dynamic action on the part of this Roman Soldier, who witnessed the symbolic flowing of God’s Abundant Mercy, Love, Grace, and Ever Lasting Life, would later give rise to a powerful devotion known throughout the world as ‘Divine Mercy’….And is celebrated in many Churches throughout Christendom on the 2nd Sunday following Easter Sunday.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that we might have life and have it Abundantly.

The earth is mostly water, and our bodys are mostly water, and being reminded on this Days of Days as we ponder the water and the blood that flowed from our Saviors side, just reminds us of God’s Abundance in Mercy and Love

This is why we worship: to Celebrate Life and even Death as a community of believers; a community of persons like you and me who come together as family and friends who choose to remember and celebrate the Great things that God has done and God is doing in us, through us and with us who make up the Later Day Saints of the 21st century.

This is why the Psalmist Exclaims: “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24

Your Friend and Successful Companion:
Michael Barrett MDIV

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