Good Friday

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  1. Captain Kevin says:

    I felt the grief welling up as I read of Mommacat. When I saw Em’s comment, that did me in.

    “Tomb thou shalt not hold Him longer
    Death is strong, but life is stronger
    Stronger than the dark with the light
    Stronger than wrong with the right
    Faith and hope triumphant say
    Christ will rise on Easter day.”
    ~Phillip Brooks~

  2. Alan says:

    This Sunday I will stand with Magdalene at the tomb and weep until the revelation dawns, a gardener for new creation life. But first I will stare into the darkness with Mary and ponder where have they taken him? I will look into the dark place with new eyes and new sorrows and new reasons to find Him.

  3. Michael says:


    I’ll spend the weekend pretty much undone… many have lost so much in the last year…

  4. Michael says:


    No words are adequate…bless you and yours.

  5. Interested Bystander says:

    Thank you, Michael, for sharing when you learned Em had gone home.

    I can’t help smiling each time I consider her present joy.

  6. Reuben says:

    This hit me hard.

    The last 24 hours of my wife’s life were horrendous.

    Thank you for writing this.

  7. Michael says:


    I’m blessed she touched your life in some way…from everything I can see, hers was a life well lived.

  8. Michael says:


    You will see her again and all things will be well.
    Jesus died to make it so…I will believe that until my last breath.

    That does not minimize the devastation and loss…it’s the goal on the other side of both.

  9. pslady says:

    I was so touched by the story of Mommacat…and Reuben…tears!
    What Em said goes ditto for me…

  10. Reuben says:

    I really really understand not wanting to talk about it. I feel that pain.

    When I reported to everyone that she had died, I said she died peacefully. She technically did as she was knocked out on drugs being pumped into her. The hours leading up to that were flat out horrific. They replay in my mind like hot fire. I remember every detail.

    I should talk about it, but there is a wall there.

    Some day.

  11. Alan says:

    Perhaps this will get overlooked but …

    How many times to I have to hear that 1) God is too holy to look upon sin — as if somehow sin is kryptonite to God 2) Thus when Jesus bore our sin the Father — turned his back upon the son — a tortured anthropomorphism that is ontologically absurd. 3) The son was separated from the Father — another ontological ‘say what?’ all this rooted in the citation of Ps 22:1 by Jesus at Calvary and the rationalizing of what that means.

    One charismatic leader wrote yesterday that the weight of scholarship agrees that the Father turned his back (abandoned) the son in the cross.

    I remember the emotionalistic sermonizing of my youth that always sounded strange and was often accompanied by a doctor explaining the physical agonies of the cross as if the sum of them was necessary to tip the scale of our sin.

  12. Michael says:


    I’m getting ready to teach, so I can’t jump in too much, but I’m glad you’re pointing out all this foolishness…thank you!

  13. Josh says:

    Reuben – I’ve been seeing a counselor regularly for the last two years. Sometimes there isn’t much to talk about, but sometimes its a lifesaver. That’s a very heavy load you are carrying.

  14. Reuben says:

    Hey Josh

    This last treatment program I was in, I had a therapist. I could not bring myself to talk to her about it either. She was more interested in my religious past and wondering if I ever got over that. My answer is no.

    I have to trust God has a plan, because these things eat at me. Maybe I should find another therapist. Force myself to talk.

  15. Josh says:

    At some point, you’ll probably need to. Or I would, anyway.

    I do believe God has a plan. A good one, even, and I think you’ll see it in your life in weird, unexplainable ways in the days to come. What that means theologically, doctrinally, biblically…I have no clue. But I am finding that God is better than we ever gave him credit for.

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