All across the state and nation in recent months many have attended the movie "The Passion." But today, all across our world, we remember the passion of the Christ as it truly occurred so many years ago.
Today, I am wondering what the impact has been on lives. Have we taken Christ's suffering and death to heart and mind? Are we thinking what it personally means to us? Do we acknowledge the reason for His passion? Will we accept the forgiveness He offers? Will it change our focus, will it amend the choices we make, will we seek to thankfully do good?
Reconciliation is an incredible experience. We sometimes view parents and children coming back together after an abduction, or siblings meeting again after years and years of being apart, or soldiers rejoining their families. Tears come to our eyes.
Tears came to Jesus' eyes as well; more than that, He shed his blood for the reconciliation that happens when each one of us comes to His Father and says, " I'm sorry. Please forgive my selfish ways."
I applaud the movie Mel Gibson made in faith. Today, we remember the real act. Today, we help our own faith grow by remembering, repenting and renewing our resolve to live for Him first and then for each other.
God in His greatness will make us whole and useful, restoring peace and joy. After Good Friday, there is a Happy Easter for us all!
Jerri Honeyford is a retired Sunnyside educator.