It was Good Friday. I slept form about 1:30 to 6:00 am. I enjoyed getting up early, reading my Bible, and being awake for the sunrise. I thought of the events that Jesus went through on Good Friday and I felt thankful for all that He did on the cross. I prayed a lot and I felt very close to God.
Our Pastor called us every day during the week, leading up to Easter. He gave us an overview of everything that happened on each day and reminded us of scripture to read, so that we could be preparing our hearts for the celebration of Easter. I enjoyed the reminder and it encouraged me to be in the word studying the days before the Resurrection.
Since I had the day off, I helped the Easter bunny prepare a basket for my daughter, I spent some time outside weeding some potted plants, and I even did some Spring cleaning…I dusted, yes dusted! I did a few other things around the house and completely over did it. About 1:30, I took a nap. It was a good, long nap, lasting about an hour and a half.
I know “they say” to only nap for about twenty minutes, but “they” do not have my Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Insomnia, Restless Leg, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Vulvodynia, Sciatica, chronic pain, stricken body. So I sleep when I can, for as long as I can. For me, a nap is not a luxury, but an necessity! Whew, thank you for letting me vent! I feel better now!!
Later that evening, I prepared to meet some friends at church for The Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday we have a special service. Each family is asked to come in together and first prepare their hearts with prayer in one room, before heading to the sanctuary to partake of The Lord’s Supper. In my case, none of my family members go to church with me, so I met some of my church family there and we went in together.
At the exit there is a box, surrounded by pieces of paper and pens. We are encouraged to write down a sin or a struggle that we want to turn over to The Lord. It is symbolic of giving up the sin or burden and trusting that God will help you overcome it. I think it is my most favorite part of this unique service.
Most of us have something in our lives that is weighing on us heavily. We may even pray about it and ask others to pray for us. But there is something so powerful to me about writing it down, putting it in a box and walking away from it in a prayerful, thankful state of mind that really gives me peace!
You can make a prayer box to keep at home. Any box will do. The idea is to think through what you are troubled about and write those things down and then...Put them in the box…And Let Them Go!
It is showing God you Trust Him and you know He will take care of the situation. The results may not be exactly how we think He should handle it, but it will be the best for us, because He knows what we need and He always cares for us.