This week’s prompt is: GOOD
Today is Good Friday – a day that I don’t celebrate religiously, but because of my heritage, still has some importance from an emotional standpoint.
I confess – I’ve never liked the idea of it being a “good” day. I get why it’s called that – it’s the day, after all, that was the life’s work completion for Jesus Christ. But regardless of who it was, I can’t wrap my head around the murder of anyone being good… even if it did fulfill a huge definition of faith for millions of people around the world.
Yet as a believing Pagan, I know that life and death are intertwined… neither is necessarily good or bad… they just are. Life is life. Death is death. Both are eventual, just in different forms, cycles, and lengths.
But still… it doesn’t feel like a “Good” Friday. It’s a day symbolizing torture and a horrific death. It’s the day that we are reminded of when we walk into a church, and see the crucifix hanging over the altar area in the front. It’s rather grisly, actually.
But again – that’s life. Life isn’t perfect or clean. It’s a messy business, full of of highs and lows, pain and joy. I suppose in a way, that does make it a good day… it’s a day that reaffirms the cycle of life, even to those of us who don’t see Jesus Christ as divine. It’s a reaffirmation that the cycle is never ending. Rebirth comes after a life and death, and the cycle is renewed again for another year… the winds of spring are here, a new season of growth arrives, and the promises of Ostara are coming into fruition.
So maybe it is good. Just not happy good. Good in that reassuring, life-goes-on and it’s all okay good.