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Good Friday Meditation

Good Friday At-Home Devotional

Begin by lighting a candle in your worship area.

Reflect on the words of this Spiritual

            They crucified my Lord, and he never said a mumbalin’ word,

            They crucified my Lord, and he never said a mumbalin’ word,

            Not a word, not a word, not a word.

            They nailed him to a tree, and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

            Not a word, not a word, not a word.

            They pierced him in the side, and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

            Not a word, not a word, not a word.

            He bowed his head and died, and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

            Not a word, not a word, not a word.

Read this Reflection:

Silence can be underrated.  In today’s culture, words win the day.  Words on TV, coronavirus updates and press conferences, words in magazines, words on Twitter or Facebook, words on blogs, the war of words.  Who is the loudest with words is often heard, but in the pause and space between the words there is the break, the silence.  It is often overlooked and not heard, the music of silence.  Words come out of silence and return to silence.  If there was only noise, we wouldn’t know what silence was, nor could we distinguish it from noise and words.  Sometimes we need to be silent,

Jesus demonstrates this at such a tragic time.  He’s being nailed to a tree, pierced in his side, and he eventually died.  He could have said a lot of things to his oppressors, but “he never said a mumbalin’ word” to them.  Never.  “Like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7).  Not a word, not a word, not a word.  Sometimes not saying a word is the best thing to say; words can be weapons, and as the saying goes, silence can be golden.  Jesus was just present to the moment.  He didn’t say it with his mouth but said it all with his body. “This is my body which is given for you” (Luke22:19).  That’s what was said in the silence.  You could see Jesus, the Living Word, speaking this without saying any word whatsoever.  Sometimes we may underestimate the role of silence in the spiritual life, but it can be constructive and helpful and the most appropriate response.  It was for Jesus.  How about you?

Adapted from Were You There?, Luke A. Powery

 Read together Psalm 39:1-4, 7-9

 Pray:  Lord Christ, Living Word of God, help me to know when to speak and when to stay silent before the mystery of your love.

 Extinguish your candle and observe some moments of silence in your home.

Posted by Ron Glover

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