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From the Office of the Presiding Bishop > Tis-Good-Friday

10 Apr 2020

Tis-Good-Friday, and many would say  it the worse  day of the year, it is not, it is a day of redemption, reflection, its a good-day   
Our lords last words of the cross placed-to-all forgiveness, compassionate assurance, fragility & commitment 
Fanny-Crosby epic-hymn  rings loud in triumph  “In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever Till my raptured soul shall find, Rest beyond the river”  
Tis- Good-Friday It was a good ,  but George Bernard brings us closer in his-hymn “The-old-rugged-Cross”  poignant he writes “On a hill far away stood an 
Old-rugged-cross, The emblem of suffering-and-shame, And I love that old-cross, where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain”  
Tis-Good-Friday but we must-not-weep or lament its pain, Jesus himself begs us not. Hear  him as he passed the weeping women-of-Jerusalem who wept of his agony  “Weep not for me but for yourselves  and-your-children” perhaps he glimpsed into the 21st-century, perhaps he envisioned world-war 1&2, corona-19. Perhaps,  
But  again  Bernard brings our thoughts-to-order 
“On that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, for the dear lamb-of-God Left his glory above, to dark Calvary”
Tis-Good-Friday time to forgive, reconcile, and prepare to sing in loud hosanna’s  “HE LIVES  recommitting yourself to his love-and-sacrifice away  from a world of sin and shame, 
Tis-Good-Friday and Bernard again gives room for reflection, he invites us to visit “the old rugged cross I will ever be true It’s shame and reproach gladly bear Then he’ll call me some day, To my home far away Where his glory forever” 
 Tis-Good-Friday, so too I   share, tis not a time for weeping but  a time knowing that our lord gave unselfishly, so should-we, he paid the price, we received redemption 
Hear Bernard one last time  
So I’ll cherish that old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down, I will cling to that old-rugged-cross, And exchange some day for a crown
Tis a good-Friday 
Hartley, PB/ACW  

++Hartley, Presiding Bishop of the ACW


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