For centuries believing Christians have honored Good Friday – the day of Christ’s crucifixion and redemptive death – as a day of fasting and prayer. This year, President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like thousands of other clergy members worldwide before him, encourages Church members to dedicate this year’s particularly somber day of remembrance to those two specific avenues of worship.
Perhaps you, like I, know people who currently suffer with or have recovered from COVID-19. Perhaps you have friends or relatives who have died from this grim virus. Our hearts ache for the ill, whom we are – by mandate – unable to embrace. We cannot even literally “lift up the hands which hang down.”