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Good Friday Forgiveness

You see that cross in the sky? At first glance, you might think it’s just a couple of trails left by an airplane. But it’s not. You might also think it’s a coincidence that this cross appeared just over my head as I began praying in my car a few weeks ago. But it’s not. It could’ve been happenstance that my prayer on that day at that particular moment in that specific place was about forgiveness. But it’s not. I suppose it could’ve been coincidental that I had just written in my prayer journal every Scripture on forgiveness that I could find, including the one where Jesus said from the Cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” But it’s not. You might even say it’s pure happenstance that the third trail in this picture looks like it might be a spear pointed directly at the cross. The Gospel of John tells us that, “one of the soldiers pierced (Jesus’) side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”

When I looked up into the sky that day, instead of bowing my head in prayer like I normally do, tears formed in my eyes. It was a sign from God that He heard my prayer, and I’m not alone in my effort to forgive, or even love, those who have hurt me. Forgiveness is a process. We are human. And we are allowed to hurt. We often pray and ask God to relieve us of the soul crushing pain we feel when betrayed by those who are supposed to love us. Even Jesus asked God to “let this cup pass from Me.” But then He obediently submitted saying, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” That’s essentially what I prayed on the day that this cross “coincidentally” appeared in the sky directly in my line of sight from the driver’s side window of my car because I “happened” to back into a parking space instead of heading in. As we honor the Lord on this Good Friday, let us all remember the torturous pain He endured on the Cross for our sake. Let us remember how loving and forgiving He was, and continues to be. Then let’s do our very best to truly follow His example, and emulate Him when the actions of others result in excruciating pain. Forgiveness is not for them. It’s not even for you. It’s for the Lord, and that’s the least we can do.