See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
– Isaac Watts (18th c.)
Today there is stillness.
In two days, we celebrate the single greatest event of all time according to our faith. In two days, we will proclaim with great joy, “Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!” But not yet. Not without pausing here first to acknowledge the sacrifice that makes the resurrection so powerful. Not without pausing to offer our hearts to a love that gave of itself so utterly; and to remember that God is as present with us in death as in life.
Today is Good Friday. I hope that wherever this day finds you in your journey of faith and life, that you will find a moment to be still.
And as you still your restless soul, may you know in the deepest part of your being that you are loved.