by: Rich Vaughan
Today is Friday the 13th. Social Media will mention that fact and share some interesting stories, but truthfully, why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?
The answers are vague for the most part. There is a Biblical tradition that 13 quests (Jesus and the 12 disciples including Judas who would betray him) attended the Last Supper which is thought to have been on a Thursday night and of course the next day (Friday) Jesus was crucified. Of course we do not know if that day was the 13th of the month. Friday is said to have been the day that Eve gave Adam the forbidden fruit, as well as the day Cain killed his brother Abel, but there is no way to prove the actual date or day.
We do know from history that on Friday the 13th of October, 1307, officers of King Phillip of France arrested hundreds of the Knight Templars (a powerful religious & military order) and eventually all of them were executed. So it certainly was unlucky for them! There was a book that was published in 1907 entitled, “Friday, the Thirteenth” written by Thomas William Lawson that added to the concept of Friday the 13th being unlucky. Of course, the famous horror movie “Friday the 13th” (1980) and the movies that followed tied to it, added to the concept of Friday the 13th being unlucky.
So, is Friday the 13th an unlucky day? Well, the way this year of 2020 is going I don’t know what to say! But I really don’t think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. How can I say that? Because I believe the Lord is in control and that he is consistently bringing good into our lives. We may experience a bad moment; we may have an unlucky break on that day, but I don’t think it has anything to do with the number 13. Sometimes is has to do with our own choices. Sometimes it is just life. I believe that every Friday the 13th we experience in a year and in our life is “a day the Lord has made” and if the Lord has made it, it is good! Amen? Amen.