Good Friday 2012

This week, Mike Rallo showed the 30-minute award-winning foreign film “Most” in preparation for Easter. At our Good Friday Chapel service today, he replayed the key sections of the movie and reminded us how it applied to this sacred day. 

Recorded in the Czech language, “Most” is the Czech word for “bridge” and that was the location of the great sacrifice of both father and son in the film. Then we looked at a couple of my slides from Jerusalem, seeing the location of the Great Sacrifice made by The Father and Son 2,000 years ago. 

Afterwards, we celebrated men moving from one phase of our program to the next – including 3 new graduates today. Congratulations to Jim, Wayne and Stefan.

While I could tell stories on each, only one today. Shortly after arriving here, Stefan commented on the framed print of the Lord’s Supper hanging in my classroom. He remembered a much larger version on the wall of his great grandmother’s house years ago. Seeing it brought him good feelings.

I believe looking at the print was the real reason he came to class daily. One day Stefan said he would like to have it. I flippantly replied something like, “yeah, I will give it to you the day you graduate!” Well, today was that day.

I went up to my classroom, took the print off the wall and gave it to him.He thanked me and then said, “Well, I would like to donate it back to keep in your classroom. Hopefully it will mean as much to someone else as it did to me.” 

You have to give it away to keep it – Happy Good Friday to all.

Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director