Love Is Not Always Pretty, But It Is Always Beautiful!

Good Friday…’s always seemed like sort of an ironic name for the day that we celebrate today. The day that Jesus was crucified. The day that He was mocked and humiliated. The day that He was killed. Really…..we call that day good??? And if that were all that had happened on that day, there would have been nothing good about it. The sadness, the pain, the cruelty, the ugliness, the violence, the suffering, the blood, the agony, the gore, the tears….nothing good about that day. It was not pretty.

BUT, that’s not all that day was about. That day represents freedom, grace, mercy, healing, redemption and LOVE! Jesus willingly went to the cross. He willingly took my sin upon Himself. He willingly took the spikes in His hands and feet, and the spear in His side to pay the debt that I owed, but that I could never, ever pay. He literally gave His very life for me! He made the way for me to have direct access to Almighty God! He willingly gave His life so that I could have a life that never ends….eternal life! And that is love! And it is beautiful!!

I pray today that you would reflect on that “Good Friday” from so many years ago. The day Jesus gave His life for YOU! I pray that you don’t just think about that ultimate gift and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I pray that if you have not already accepted that gift, that freedom, that mercy, that grace, that promise of eternal life, that you would do it today. Don’t say, “No.” Don’t say, “I don’t need it.” Don’t say, “I’m a good person.” Don’t say, “I think I’ll go to heaven.” Don’t throw that precious, invaluable gift back into the face of the Giver and say, “I don’t have time for that.”

I promise you that if I had not accepted this gift as a teenage girl, I would not have been able to make it through these last few months of my life. If I did not have His promises to claim and cling to every day, I would be an emotional wreck. If I did not know that Greg had also accepted this gift and made Jesus the Lord of His life, my life would be nothing but turmoil right now. It is unbelievably hard to lose a spouse. But to lose a spouse and not have the assurance that they are in heaven or even worse…to KNOW that they are not in heaven because they rejected the gift of Jesus, that would be pure hell. Praise God that Greg accepted that gift, I know where he is today and I WILL see him again! And that is beautiful!!

This is a song that was one of Greg’s favorites. It was sung at his funeral. I hope it speaks to your heart about the beauty of His great love for us! Love is not always pretty, but it is always beautiful!!!

Trusting His Plan,


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen Dooley
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 12:06:36

    Your writings continue to touch my heart. Waiting for your book to be published!
    You are in our prayers with love



  2. Amanda Kurz
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 12:54:48

    This is so very true! What a great reminder on Good Friday of what love looks like and that suffering can be for our good.



  3. sandra
    Apr 03, 2015 @ 08:53:29

    Reblogged this on Trusting His Plan and commented:

    I sat down this morning to write a post about Good Friday. A day that humbles me and brings me to tears as I think what Jesus did for me. For me! I will never get over the fact that He did what He did….for me. The pain, the humiliation, the agony, the injustice, the cruelty that He endured for me. I just could find no words, then I remembered the post I wrote on Good Friday last year and I believe it really captures my feelings on this day. I pray that you spend some time today reflecting and thanking Jesus for His great love for you.



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