Good Friday

Christians around the world observe the Friday before Easter as “Good Friday”, although the events remembered are dark and somber. For on this day, as recorded in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross, died, and was buried.

The Cross, symbol of Christianity

Christians around the world observe the Friday before Easter as “Good Friday”, although the events remembered are dark and somber. For on this day, as recorded in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross, died, and was buried.

Thus, a cross became perhaps the best known symbol of Christianity.

to the cross that the christian is challenged to follow his master. quote Hans Urs Von Balthasar
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“A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross.

And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross.” Mark 15 NLT

“Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.

take up thy cross and follow me
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Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, …… When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19, NLT

Jesus is buried in a tomb

“Then he (Joseph) took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation,[l as the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. “Luke 23, NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Thanks for sharing these words of faith, hope, and love with me.

I appreciate all of you who follow this blog; there are numerous other blogs to choose from so I am honored you chose to spend some time here. A special welcome to all my new followers from this past month.

                              Dr. Aletha 

“noble beyond her years”- the story of Kayla Mueller

I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.

This story has been updated and expanded at

Avenging Kayla Mueller’s Shining Spirit

On February 11, 2015 I wrote the following about a young woman, Kayla Mueller, who had died-

I cannot think of anything else worth saying today other than to express my sadness  for and sympathy to the family of Kayla Mueller. On  the evening news last night I heard Kayla’s aunt describe her as “noble beyond her years.”

I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.

At only 26 years old, Kayla had already traveled to India, Israel, Palestine and Syria on humanitarian endeavors and in Arizona worked at a women’s shelter and with AIDS patients, In a letter  to her family from captivity, she expressed regret that she was causing them pain. I hope the memory of this beautiful young woman brings some comfort to their grieving hearts.

Her complete story is now known, and reported publicly by ABC News.

American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIS commanders in Syria and raped by the group’s top leader,

but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and

she even stood up to executioner “Jihadi John” to defend her Christian faith.”

Here is a link to video of her and her family , interviews with those who knew her in captivity, and the details of the inhumane way she was treated.

the girl left behind– Brian Ross investigates

She was amazing. She was a really strong girl,” Chavez said of Mueller.

For Saide, the younger Mueller at 25 years old had a surprisingly positive personality and “a strong faith that gave her a lot of strength.

As a person, she was a very good friend. She was smart. She was fun to be with. She was very kind, extremely generous.”

“She was always considerate of others, even though she herself was in a very difficult situation,” Saide added.

“She was always concerned for other prisoners. She never stopped being concerned for the Syrian population living through just horrible things in this war and still are.

She never stopped caring for others.”

Weekend Words from Augustine

 

 

quote from Augustine

 

 

 Saint Augustine of Hippo, lived in northern Africa, part of the Roman Empire, in the late 4th and early 5th centuries.

His teachings and writings helped form early Christian theology and are still influential today.

Most notable are Confessions and City of God (these are affiliate links.)