Good Friday (HUH!), What Was it Good For?
These aren't the lyrics of Edwin Starr's famous song, War. One line in the song sings "They say we must fight to keep our freedom, But Lord knows there's got to be a better way, oh". And there is a better way: the cross on Calvary.
Holy Week or The Great Week as it's also called is the Superbowl for all Christians. It's the big game. The playbook was prewritten and as the last seconds leading up to Easter Sunday play out, we know Christ wins...even before the TV commentators. Fake news? I don't think so. I live because my Savior lives.
Jesus fought for our freedom. Jesus sustained extreme torture, more than a mere mortal could endure, had to carry his own cross in a state of complete physical brokenness, and was cruelly set to die on a cross, as a convict. What was his crime? Jesus was the original freedom fighter. He fought for freedom from religion, and for women's equality, for children and widows, for tax collectors, for you and for me. It is for freedom that Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1) If it hadn't been for the cross, life would feel like constant war, huh!
It was for the Glory of God and our good that on that dark Friday, our Savior suffered, died and was buried.
This freedom we come to enjoy is sweetest because we understand the gravity of the cross and it was Christ's death that needed to be paid in order for us to take the win. Good Friday is met with extreme sorrow and doesn't meet our earthly standard as something we see as good, but it means absolutely EVERYTHING for victory over death.
How we chose to look at our circumstance can sometimes be more about perspective and mindset than final outcome. Is it possible we need to endure the bad in order to get to the good ending of the game?
We can practice seeing things that don't feel good in the moment with a positive outcome in each Frogpose Christian yoga class . It's been said that a sustained physical injury usually resurfaces in Christian yoga before healing with a regular practice. For instance, in Half Pigeon, your hips, the area where we store emotions, may feel very tight and uncomfortable but not painful. The urge to come out of the long hold has more to do with pushing through to the end gain of having open hips than breathing through the discomfort. The choice to endure is ours and is as individual as there are snowflakes. Stay in the fight or try again another day? It's ok. Just don't give up because sometimes it takes 3 breaths, 3 tries, 3 classes, or 3 days in the tomb, to make life changes.
Like Diane said at the Stepping Toward Whole Health Day Retreat (video clip above), "I used to have bad hips and coming to Lorie's class has relieved me of the pain, even thought I don't consider myself very flexible." Don't let life get you down or give up pursuing that which is good and right, because I know God has victory ahead for you too. Mindfulness is everything in Christian yoga.
In class this week, we focus on Holy Week: balance the good and the bad of life to find wholeness of mind, body and spirit. We will incorporate prayer and bible verses with stretching on a yoga mat. Invite a friend, whether they are a seasoned yoga practitioner or just beginning, a Christian or not.
Here is your opportunity for Beginner Power Flow Yoga this week.
2nd T's: Tuesday 7pm at Red Rocks Church, Arvada. We will in the basement so park around back and come down the back stairs. Doors open at 6:30 so arrive early and get settled for a prompt start.
No Weekly Wednesday class at Harvest Today or Facebook live. Sorry.
God Bless and Enjoy this Week of Ups and Downs and Celebrate the Victory!