Good Friday is the darkest point of Holy week, the disciples watch their saviour fall, put to death for his words of justice and hope for all people. This year has led many of us to places of despair and loss while engaging similar issues.
In the midst of this comes Jesus cry from the cross, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”
Such a cry, an admission of feeling forsaken, can feel like giving up on hope. But I have learnt that expressing that cry is in fact the opposite. This expression is from a place of deep faith.
The heart in such expression acknowledges a relationship with God.
In asking ‘why?’ Jesus calls into being the idea that a world without being forsaken is possible, and thus challenges God to be God and create such a place.
When we cry out, even in anger or despair, we still turn our face toward God and all God is. It comes not from doubt but from faith. So do not be afraid to express your own ‘dereliction’ as within its heart is the hope that resurrection is possible.
Dr Charlotte Naylor Davis