Good Friday – Easter

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  • I had a rather long flight home yesterday from Detroit. It was scheduled to be almost five hours. But we were delayed in leaving Detroit, because of the weather. And it was a turbulent flight the whole way here. And once we neared LAX, we were diverted because of weather and air traffic. So the flight went way past five hours. It was exhausting. And my sinuses were bothering something terrible. When I landed, I took something for my sinuses, and it put me to sleep (as usual). By the time I woke up, it was 5 PM. And I wasn’t feeling better. But church was less than two hours away. I got up, shaved, and headed for chuch. But I wasn’t feeling well.

    Our Good Friday service was well attended, even though it was raining. There were many guests in attendance. And we have a special mime group that performed, which was a first for us. We also had communion together, in remembrance of the Lord’s Passion. I preached on “A Place Called Gethsemene,” from Matthew 26:36-46. I really did not feel up to preaching last night. I was still groggy from the medicine I had taken. I was tired. And my sinuses were still bothering me. It was really hard for me focus, remember, and concentrate. I am sure that the presentation of the message was not as clear as I had prepared it. But as I was preaching, I started to feel better. And things started to come back to my mind. And so I think I was kind of jumping from place to place in my message. But I did the best I could under the circumstances, with God’s help.

    Today, I am hanging around the house as much as I can. It’s just be and Trey here now. Crystal and Natalie are out doing “girlie” stuff. But I trust we will all do something together this afternoon. I still don’t feel well. And I am trying to get as much rest as possible. Tomorrow will be a long day. We will meet for worship at 7 and 10:30 AM. I am supposed to preach those two services. And I also have to teach my Sunday School class at 9 AM. I am looking forward to it. I pray that the Lord really blesses our day or worship and fellowship. Then, Monday morning, it’s back on a plane for another meeting.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.