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Good Friday – the Best Friday of the Year

Today is Good Friday.  Not to be confused with Friday being good.  Good Friday.  Today is the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to save us from our sins.  The Ultimate Sacrifice.  I remember growing up having this bulletin board in our laundry room.  Mom had about three pieces of paper pinned to it.  One was Attitude (the poem), one was an inspiring quote from a little picture card from Alaska Airlines, and the third was a photocopy of a cartoon.  That cartoon has resonated with me.  I believe that the comic strip was “Wizard of Id” – and it was about Good Friday.  Many, I think, struggle with the idea of Christ dying on the cross as something less than “good.”  This comic strip puts it all into perspective:

A:  I hate the term ‘Good Friday’

B:  Why?

A:  My Lord was hanged on a tree that day.

B:  If you were going to be hanged on that day, and He volunteered to take your place, how would you feel?

A:  Good.

B:  Have a nice day.

Says it all doesn’t it?  I get the chills and tear up every single time I see that comic and every time I think about the kind of love Christ and our Lord have for us…all of us.  It’s so perfect, so complete.  It makes my love for Him grow, too.  We cannot imagine, cannot wrap our minds around that kind of love, not really.  But we know it, we know it in faith, in our relationships with Him.  What hope it gives me.  We are saved.  And we are saved because we are loved.  That makes today a good day.

“Have a nice day”

Cheers,

Sharon

P.S.  Here is a link for this comic strip.  http://facultycommonsslo.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/good-friday-cartoon-bc.png

Simple Egg-Dying

Easter is almost upon us, and that means a time of hope, renewal, joy……and egg-dying (please don’t get me wrong, Easter is such a wonderful time and I love celebrating Christ rising from the grave)!  There are hundreds, thousands, probably even hundreds of thousands (okay, that may be an exaggeration, sort of) of ways to decorate Easter eggs.  However, you gotta start somewhere, so…..start here!

You will need:

  • food coloring (I used the standard 4 color pack – blue, yellow, red, green)
  • white vinegar
  • warm water
  • non-porous containers (so that your food dye doesn’t stain) – as many as you like for the colors you choose to use/mix
  • hard-boiled white eggs
Hard-boiled eggs, glass containers, vinegar, food coloring

Hard-boiled eggs, glass containers, vinegar, food coloring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*A few notes:  when choosing your containers, make sure you can fully submerge your eggs without overflowing your water; and I suggest keeping your carton to use for drying.

Step 1:  Fill your containers with the warm water, a splash of vinegar, and a few drops of dye.  Mix dyes to your heart’s content for orange, purple (be careful to avoid brown….), etc.

Add vinegar and dye to your water

Add vinegar and dye to your water

Mix the dye and vinegar in your water

Mix the dye and vinegar in your water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Using a metal spoon (again, plastic might stain – I used a regular tablespoon), slowly submerge an egg into each cup.  Let each egg sit for a bit, the longer you let it sit, the more color absorbed.

Submerge your eggs

Submerge your eggs

Step 3:  Check your eggs, and carefully remove from your water bath.  Place your egg into the empty egg carton to dry.  I recommend turning it upside down once the top is dried to allow the bottom to dry – the water/dye pools there when draining down.

Pull your eggs out and allow to dry in your carton

Pull your eggs out and allow to dry in your carton

Step 4:  When your eggs are cool, store back in your fridge.  Save for an Easter egg hunt or use to make deviled eggs for Easter!

Simply-Dyed Easter Eggs!

Simply-Dyed Easter Eggs!

Enjoy 🙂

Cheers,

Sharon