Today as I write it is Good Friday. I am reminded as always each day that Jesus died and suffered on a cross for me. This day celebrates that event. It is both a sad and a happy day, sad because what Jesus did was necessary for us all, happy because if we believe we too will be raised up to everlasting life. However, that isn’t the subject of this post. Many folk will be taking a break from their usual routine either going on a short holiday or relaxing at home. Two of my neighbours have taken short breaks away from home but for E and myself staying at home is fine though if we did take a break away from home it would most likely be out of the country. Personally I can’t see why going to a different country just to relax is necessary unless it is for the benefit of guaranteed warm sunshine. I have to say that dull and cold weather can be depressing if it stays that way too long. At the moment we are experiencing a dip in temperature after a short spell of warm and sunny weather. That is the nature of this land, it can be unpredictable sometimes. This morning I took a walk northwards on the edge of town and then turned toward the seafront. I was glad I had taken gloves with me and in fact at this time of year they will remain in the bag I carry until I know they will not be needed. It was quite a cold morning though that was more due to the south-easterly wind than the temperature which hovered around seven degrees. I was happy to return to the comfort and warmth of home later. In the meantime I did enjoy the walk, I always do.
It is late on Saturday afternoon as I write this having completed almost three full days working at home on the small front lounge. A few days ago I had decided to completely renovate the room which although having had a change of furniture and a carpet since we moved into the house in 1988 has never been redecorated since 1989! Anyway that aside I decided on a total change, decor, furniture, everything. I was going to employ someone to do the decorating but changed my mind to do it myself. Over the last three days I have concentrated on the ceiling and as I mentioned in yesterday’s post I painted it twice. I thought it might need three coats and indeed when I looked at it this morning it still looked a little patchy in places. That meant a drive to the supplier to purchase another 5 ltr can. First job for the day though was to dig out a few bluebells which had thought I’d given up on them but no, I have been digging them out as they appear. Thankfully there are not as many now after all my hard work earlier in the year. That took a half-hour and then I phoned ahead to make sure the supplier was open. Many businesses close from Good Friday to Easter Monday so I had to make sure. They were open until 2 o’clock but I went immediately as I wanted to continue with the work. As it happened I did have enough paint to complete the second coat on the ceiling and frieze but would still need the extra can to paint parts of the ceiling which still looked patchy. I wasn’t going to do that until Monday at least but I had the extra paint ready now to hand. Finishing off the second coat and painting again the frieze and ceiling cornice for the third time on the window wall took me to lunchtime for after lunch I had decided to start painting over the dark blue stripes with the new red colour.
Incidentally, the dark-stained woodwork you can see in the pictures will eventually be painted white as the work progresses. Try as I might I couldn’t avoid spilling over the new colour on to the white parts of the ceiling. I used a piece of thin board like hard board to shield the parts of the ceiling I didn’t want the paint to touch but it was never going to be perfect. It will be easy enough to touch-up with white paint where necessary later. I stopped work at that point and wouldn’t be returning to it until Monday. Sunday was my rest day.
I could never figure out why Good Friday is so-called until I became a Christian. It is good in the sense that we as sinners in the sight of God can be forgiven and reconciled because of what Jesus did. His death and subsequent resurrection made it possible for us to follow and be resurrected to eternal life too. Without Christ Jesus therefore we would perish. Good Friday precedes Easter Day naturally but it is really Easter Day which is the more important for without Jesus rising from the dead none of this would be possible.
After he had risen he was seen by many people to be alive before he ascended to heaven. The secular world’s take on Easter is that it is a holiday and a time for people to take a break from their routine in whichever way the feel. Many give not a second thought to Easter’s real meaning, oh yes, isn’t it about Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies? They refuse to believe. My own Good Friday was spent applying the finishing touches to the paint work in the bedroom and after lunch spending a little time out on the patio whilst the sun still shone. It was whilst I was out there and with E who had just joined me that we heard the sound of voices seemingly from our neighbour’s garden but there was nobody there. We walked across the lawn to the far garage and there above us was a guy up on the scaffolding. In fact three guys had turned up to finish off the work on the roof. The original fault we had discovered was a leak behind the front chimney stack but since then a leak had developed on the opposite side of the roof. We had asked E’s nephew the builder to undertake repairs and during this past week we have seen the entire roof’s ridge tiles removed and refitted. There was only one more job to do and that was this original fault, a small leak behind the stack. The problem was the weather and Good Friday was the only dry day we could expect for a few days. The scaffolding was on hire and in a day or two was scheduled for disassembly unless I paid more money to keep it there. The work they did behind the stack only took around thirty minutes to complete. They had laid a new sheet of lead beneath the damaged area as that was all that was required. Hopefully I can now say that the roof repairs have been finished and that finally I can have the scaffolding removed. I know when that happens I will have to get on top of the garages to sweep up the debris that has fallen on them. I also have to check with E’s nephew that the gutters are free from debris too. Easter is a time to relax with family and friends and perhaps, on Good Friday at least, getting a little work done but let us not forget that Easter is about salvation, about the reconciliation we can have with our Creator through what Jesus did on that cross.
Something nobody else has done
Nailed to a cross in the heat of the sun
Suffered the shame and the agony
He did it for you and he did it for me.
Why would anyone do such a thing?
Especially for all of the pain it would bring.
O such a love that is yours and mine
O what a Saviour for all of mankind.