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You ask me, “Why Good Friday?”
I take your small young hand
and look sadly into your eyes
of innocence and wonder…
I begin to tell the story of Jesus
and the cross and death, but
don’t forget the resurrection
and the reason He died for us.
Explanations to such a little one
of five years, but aware of her
need to know, I speak words
understood by her innocence.
She knows not violence, hatred.
How it did flourish in Jesus’ time.
And that it grows ever stronger
throughout our world, today.
After teaching this innocent
of these words, her eyes ,now
less bright, change to sadness.
“Try to understand,” I plead.
“But…How can BAD be GOOD?”
my little one asks while trembling.
The violence, hatred is sin and bad,
but Jesus’ life sacrificed is good.
“Whose life?” she asks me,
With wonder in her eyes, I say,
“Jesus died for you and me
and for all the world that sins.”
We talk about His death and
His return to life, resurrection
after three days as a gift for us;
He defeating sin for everyone.
I think she understands, but
know that other questions will
follow as she grows and leaves
her young innocence behind.
I pray as eyes close listening.
Lord God, help each one who
doesn’t know Jesus to learn
of the cross…bad and good.
She loses some innocence, today.
I lose my sense of innocence, too.
knowing each must come to know
why Jesus died, why He arose…
“For God so loved the world
that He gave His son that
whoever believes on Him
shall have eternal life.”
(John 3:16 ESV)
Author note: For Holy week…Do you know Him?
© Susan Langer
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