I realized a few days ago that the last time I attended Good Friday service was in 2011. My aunt’s church was doing this living Last Supper thing. It was actually pretty cool. It was a drama, where the actors did a tableau of DaVinci’s last supper, and each character got to explain which disciple he was, and talk about his role in the story.
As usual, my grandparent’s were in town for Easter, and they went with us to the presentation. I knew Grampa wasn’t feeling fantastic, but he was determined to go to church that night. The next day, Saturday, he got progressively worse; and that evening, my aunt took him to the ER.
I spent the better part of that Easter Sunday with my family in the ICU. Grampa was in really rough shape, and we really thought that was the end of the road. It wasn’t, but it was the definite beginning of the end. He passed away in July of 2012.
The month and a half following that Easter Sunday, I spent a good portion of almost every single day at the hospital and then at the rehab center (after he was released from the hospital). Looking back, it was a surreal, but incredibly educational experience.
Anyway, like I said, that was the last Good Friday service I went to. Now, I love Easter. Being a Christian, the holiday has a lot more meaning for me than just bunnies and chickens and chocolate (however, I never turn down chocolate). This year I realized that I’ve made zero effort to try to get to Good Friday service since 2011, and I think I’ve finally narrowed down why. That service in 2011, was pretty much the last time I saw my Grampa even be close to his old self. Watching him get sicker and constantly waiting for the inevitable phone call was overwhelming.
It’s a weird to think of it as an anniversary, but it is. And, this year, it’s not one I’m handling terribly well. I’m really sad. I miss people in my family being healthy. I miss my Grampa. I even miss being a pastor’s kid (although, I’m not sure I’ll ever stop thinking of myself as a pastor’s kid. I spent 19 years as one, it’s a part of me that I can’t separate from).
Eventually, I’ll go to Good Friday service again, but not this year.