Apr 062012

Today is Good Friday and although I’m taking it off from my full time job as it’s considered a statutory holiday I am not taking it off from my blog as I have a grief that I think a lot of people have.

Basically – why do we honour the belief of Jesus dying but not of him being reborn?

Most companies /businesses close to honour a very popular religion on Good Friday, observing it as a holiday and respecting such a time honoured tradition and belief. And this day in a lot of religions celebrates Jesus dying for our sins, being crucified for his peers wrong doings and in front of his peers. A sacrifice most of us could never fathom making and Jesus did it, for you, for me, for us.

And two days later, another miracle happened. It is written that Jesus was resurrected and we use Easter Sunday and Monday to rejoice in not only what he did but what his father did for us.

Only it seems because of old laws, not as ancient as the time of the Bible, we do not, in the year 2012, observe Sunday or Monday as a holiday in most circumstances. Businesses, it seems when this was decided, were not open Sundays to observe at least one day a week to relax and spend time with friends and family so “we have this day off anyway”. Only now, in our 24/7 industrial world, a lot of us work this day and so a lot of us don’t have the day to celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead.

Ironic since we celebrate annually that this same man dies for our sins. It was certainly a miracle that Jesus rose from his death but to die multiple times seems a little much to me.

Even if you’re not as religious as some there’s something special about the Easter weekend, more so than having a day off and chocolates. I’m grateful to have Good Friday off and am lucky enough to currently have Sunday’s off too but wonder if this should be looked at again. And when it is, consider that all businesses, even convenience stores and gas stations, should be closed on Sundays to allow all people the time to relax and enjoy their family so we can all reconnect again with what’s important and that’s certainly not money.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland
author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm

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