So, some months ago, a member of Augusta Heights Church started the idea of “Positive Friday” in an effort to help those around him end some of the typical pre-weekend whining to which we are all prone.
During Lent, many Christians give up meat on Friday. While the discipline of sacrifice is important, we also asked people at our church to add something to their Christian life during the season of Lent. And one of those additions was “Positive Friday,” where everyone is challenged to make a positive difference in the lives of others–and by the same token, themselves. We often do more to help our own spiritual lives when we make an effort to help others.
I’ve chosen a task for Lent that’s going to take a lot more than Fridays. I am attempting to go to every homebound or sick person in our church and share the Lord’s Supper with them.
I’m not off to a roaring start. I began this plan on Tuesday and I’m already running behind.
But, I intend to press on, no matter how long it takes. It’s not that there is any magical spiritual power contained in the bread and wine (or, in our case, non-fermented product of grapes). It’s not that anyone HAS to receive the Lord’s Supper.
But think about those that cannot get out to church and are unable to participate with the Body of Christ in acknowledging the Body of Christ. What a blessing it is to help them live out that “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be also” (Matthew 18:20).
This is a Positive Friday moment that is for them and for me. It gives me the motivation to do more to care for those that the church tends to emphasize less and less. This is one of those “little things” that we can do to remind people that they are present with us through the presence of Christ–in body, mind and spirit.
Yes, it’s a daunting task in an older congregation that is fast becoming a “re-plant” church. But it’s one worth doing, not because the Lord’s Supper is some magical, mystical formula for getting closer to Jesus. It’s worth doing because it reminds us of everything that the bread and the cup represent.
Jesus is present with those who cannot be present with us. He didn’t go to the cross so we could stand at the door and yell, “Come and see.” He came down from that cross and was resurrected so He could command us to “Go and tell.”
It’s a Positive Friday reminder of the most Positive Friday moment of all time. I just hope that it is as meaningful to the recipients as it is to me.
Too many times we sustain the impact of the negativity of others and the world. Positive Friday is all about turning that around and choosing to make an impact.