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This year, I took it upon myself to really understand what Good Friday is.
Upon some research I found something quite funny...
We have 2 Friday "holidays" every year:
Good Friday, and Black Friday.
Upon getting in the shower this afternoon I thought about the differences in these two. 
Black Friday; a day when Americans wake up at absurd hours in the morning to push, shove, and blow a bunch of money that they may not even have on things they wouldn't have bought any other day.
And guess what, I'm one of the crazy people that partakes in the shopping binge. (no judgement here)
Then we have Good Friday, a day to remember the last few moments that the Savior spent upon this earth being tortured, for you, me, us. 
A day to think of all the Good that he had done, and all the happiness he brings us still today. 
To think about the atoning sacrifice he made, and to remember that he truly does love each of us more than we can comprehend. 


 About 2000 years ago, on a Thursday Jesus sat down for his last meal with who he thought to be his closest friends. One turned his back on him that night (Matthew 26:14-16, 25). Another claimed he would die alongside Jesus, only to deny that he even knew him in the next few hours (Matthew 26:31-35). That Thursday night and into Friday morning, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, denied, endured trials, and sentenced to death (Matthew 26:47-27:26). Friday he was mocked, tortured, and crucified (Matthew 27:27-44). Matthew 27:50 tells us that he “gave up His Spirit”. For every flawed person who would ever walk the earth. Especially you. Yes you who grew up in church. You who never went to church. You who says your prayers every night. You who has never said a single prayer. You who mock the very One who created you. You, the imperfect one. It was for me, you, all of you. It was for us. 
This Friday is called Good Friday, because we remember what God did for us by sacrificing His Son upon that cross. But do you remember? Or are you still trying to figure out what you are in need of for the next Friday holiday later on in the year?
Let us remember. Let us give thanks, and strive to be more like our Savior.
The one that died for us all, just so we could become like him and make mistakes along the way. 
All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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