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Happy Good Friday!

I have this picture on my dining room wall. Several years ago, my husband and I went out for coffee at a Christian coffee shop, and this picture was hanging in their little gift shop. I could not take my eyes off it all night! I mentioned it to my husband, and he surprised me at Christmas with it a few months later.

Why couldn’t I keep my eyes off it?

I grew up in church (Yes – I’m a PK – Pastor’s Kid), and I’ve seen countless pictures depicting Jesus carrying his cross, on the cross and more. But none of them moved me the way this picture did.

I think part of it was the realism – his body and hands, the blood on the pavement and the roughly hewn wooden cross. But more so, it was his stance . . . one knee and one hand on the ground, and the blood behind him showing that he’d been dragging this cross like that for awhile . . . not giving up.

The pain.

The agony.

The determination.

The exhaustion.

All for me.

All for you.

All for everyone who ever lived and will live.

I don’t know if I could have tolerated it. I don’t know if I could have done it. I don’t know if I could have gone through with such a plan – for people that didn’t just disagree with me – but actually despised me!

For my family and friends? Yes. I would have done it!

For my enemies? . . . Hmmm . . .

Today is a Happy and Good Friday!

As sad as it is to think about the horrific death Jesus endured – there is a joy in it as well.

This is LOVE!

This is why I am alive today.

This is why I am who I am today.

This is why my kids are even here today.

This is why I am free from guilt, shame, condemnation, sin, self-hatred, low self-esteem, low self-worth, fear, anxiety, worry, depression and more.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 NIV

This is LOVE . . . True LOVE . . . Pure LOVE . . . Unconditional LOVE.

He didn’t die for just the good, or because we deserved it. He died for those who didn’t deserve it (basically – all of us!). He died this traumatic and terrible death because of LOVE . . . and it boiled down to a decision (not a feeling). He chose to die for us . . . because He loved His Father, and because He loved us.

THAT is LOVE.

I want to be more like that.

I’m trying.

But today – I’m so thankful for Jesus and all He did for me! I literally would be dead today (from self-destruction) if it were not for Him!

Do you know how much you are loved today?! 🙂

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