Friday, March 29, 2013


It's GOOD FRIDAY today.   Most of us know that Jesus Christ was probably killed on a Friday, but the actual day really isn't important, is it.  What's important is it happened.

The day is only called "good" in the English language.  In Germany, the day is called Karfreitag and "kar" is thought to be very old German for "suffering" or "mourning"..which makes a lot more sense than "good" for this day that Christ suffered so terribly.

The origin of the term Good is actually not clear. Some say it is from "God's Friday" (Gottes Freitag); others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag, and not specially English. Which is fine, except I've lived in Germany and it is always called Karfreitag, not Gute (Good) Friday.  Sometimes, too, the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons; so today in Denmark.

Whatever it is, it's a GOOD day because of Christ's sacrifice and how much it means to the whole world...that's very, very GOOD.

Be extra very, very good today to someone you know.  I think that's an excellent way to acknowledge the day, don't you?


Always On Watch said...

I hope that some of us will pause to enjoy the Good Friday music that I posted this morning. Food for the soul!

sue hanes said...

Z - Thanks for the expanation of what Good Friday means. I think of it as 'good' because of what Jesus endured for us.

Fortunately my husband has been able to be off work (now retired) and we always go to a noon service on Good Friday. Sometimes there is a drama or just a moving sermon.

I color Easter eggs on Saturday while waiting for Easter to come to celebrate His victory over death.

That is a good suggestion to be nice to someone today. I'm going to remember that.

sue hanes said...

AOW - Thanks for the meaningful
Good Friday video.

Right Truth said...

I don't do Easter eggs any more.

I wish you a wonderful and blessed Easter. Going to be a very wet one here all weekend.

Right Truth

Z said...

I don't color eggs anymore since Mr. Z passed away. I have such cute Easter decorations and haven't put one out.

But I sure do admire Sue doing it...I love tradition and miss it...but can't get the emotional energy to do it!

Maybe I'll get a few Easter things out of the closet for the coffee table...
thanks, inspired me.

I needed that!

sue hanes said...

Z - I know it must be hard for you to celebrate the holidays without Mr. Z.

Pris said...

Thank you AOW, it is food for the soul.

Ed Bonderenka said...

it's a Good Friday for me and those purchased by the sacrifice.
Good Friday to all of you.
I posted something about it that you might find interesting. Or not.
I'll watch that video later AOW.
Off to be with friends.

DaBlade said...

Z, If you keep up these lessons, I will be speaking fluent German in no time! What a wonderful reminder of the greatest gift man ever got.

Gott segnet Sie Z!

Z said...

DaBlade! Vielen Dank, mein freund!
And your post today is excellent, too. Thanks.

Sue, it's easier as time goes by, somehow, but holidays are just not quite as vibrant, that's for sure.

Ed, I was at your blog and commented, but maybe you did another since!? HAVe a great time with friends!

Z said...

Ed, you DID post a new and excellent post. Actually, I think I remember it from last year and am SO GLAD You posted it again, it's such a good reminder.
How could Jesus have said "Why have you forsaken me?" when the plan was being fulfilled? Great explanation there, particularly for Good Friday.

Always On Watch said...

I've lost track of my Easter decorations. Too much confusion here over the past few years.

But I'm not complaining. I know that your burden is heavier than mine as your beloved is no longer with you.

Just remember that Mr. Z is with the Lord. All is well for him.

sue hanes said...

Z - I'll remember you in my prayers this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter everyone.

Leticia said...

God bless you and may the Lord cover you and hover over you.

I spent some great quality time with my two boys and my eldest is going to his very first concert, Seventh Day Slumber. Whew!

lucky said...

Good Friday has so many meanings, different for each of us. It is good to me because of the pain that JESUS THE CHRIST took for each of us that Good Friday. The pain he suffered there was so great that there was no word to describe it until circa 1570. Then came the word excruciate, coming from the Latin excruciatus meaning from out of the cross. The pain he suffered for us could not be described.......think about that. May you all have a Blessed and wonderful and joyful Resurrection morning.