The Winter of Good Friday

Good Friday reminds me a lot of Winter. It’s the deep dark days that you endure before the season of new life.

 

You would certainly describe Jesus’ death 2000 years ago as a time of Winter.

His Heavenly Father lost a son
His mother had lost a first born
His siblings had lost a brother
His friends had lost a confidant
His disciples had lost a teacher
His followers had lost a leader
The crowds had lost a healer
And everyone who thought that maybe this could be the Messiah… they lost hope.

We all experience Winters in our own lives too. Winters come when something happens in our life that brings pain, loss, grief, anger, disappointment and sadness.

 

Maybe it’s the death of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, the loss of a job, illness, conflict, failure, betrayal, or making the wrong decision.

Good Friday is a reminder that bad things happen in this world and we are greatly impacted by them. And it’s important for us to sit and reflect on who we are and how we can go on.

God experienced grief. He understands what we go through. And then he creates the Spring of new life to make sure that our Winter season will come to an end.

Lord, the seasons are so important to teach us how we can grow and develop through all the times of life. Help us to keep you close to us when we experience grief, knowing that You have experienced it too. Amen.

What grief have you experienced lately?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

2 comments:

Diane KooleMarch 30, 2018 at 10:18 AMReply

Hey Linda,
I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I wanted to let you know that I enjoy your devotions page.
It’s simple, real and relevant. Your words often remind me of your parents and the blessing they were/are to everyone around them.
I pray God will continue to bless you with these wise words,
Love from Diane Koole (or Diane Peet, as you might remember me).

Linda BaileyApril 3, 2018 at 9:53 AMReply

Hey Diane,
Thanks so much for your message. Yes, our family will never forget the Peets 🙂 I really appreciate your encouragement.
I hope you and your family are well.
Linda.

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