Today is Good Friday. I’ll be taking the rest of the day away from screens except for work. I’m working from home today, so it will be quiet anyway.

When I was a child, we spent Good Friday quietly at home. I went to Catholic school, so Good Friday was the beginning of our Easter Vacation. The house rule was no TV and no food between twelve noon and three o’clock. We could lay down, read, or play quietly. I’m not sure we understood why until much later in life, but now I cherish my parent’s gentle way of communicating the importance of Good Friday through their actions (Philippians 4:5). It was their foundational training I remember today.

What is your Good Friday practice? I hope you will also take some time to reflect on what God did for us so many years ago. His act of love, through Jesus’ death on the cross, is as real and fresh today as it was then. ⁠God still loves us without end.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
–John 3:16 (NIV)⁠ ⁠

If you’ve heard about Jesus but don’t know Him yet, please ask a friend who does, reach out to your local Bible-based church, or ask Jesus.  ⁠Today is a great day to meet Him. All you have to do is invite Jesus into your heart. He already did the rest. It’s pretty straightforward, and there is no wrong way to do it. Jesus is waiting for you with wide-open arms.⁠ ⁠

Here’s a simple prayer you can use if you’re having trouble finding the words.

Lord, I admit I am a sinner. I need and want Your forgiveness. I accept Your death as the penalty for my sin and recognize that Your mercy and grace is a gift You offer to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child. By faith, I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control.
In Your precious name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, be assured that you will never walk alone again. Welcome to the family. Connect with other believers, get into God’s word daily, and spend time with Jesus in prayer and thankful anticipation of what He will do in your life.

God saved you by his grace when you believed.
And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
–Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)⁠

It’s easier than ever to read the Bible. You can even have a daily verse sent to your phone or email. Here’s a shortlist of free websites, and you can go to the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (Apple) to find many free Bible apps for your phone:


I’m also posting in the Five Minute Friday linkup. The writing prompt today is GENTLE.