My apologies in advance. If you've been a TGIF subscriber for some time, you know that today, Good Friday, is the only Friday that I decline to send a joke because it was on this hallowed day that Christ was crucified. I know there are many of you who aren't Christians so please forgive me for sharing videos that are blatantly Christian. I especially appreciate your tolerance.
   Isn't it wonderful that we can practice our beliefs in a free society? It's like opening your soul to total strangers without fear of ridicule because as they respect your faith, you promise to do the same.
   I believe those of you who are Jewish celebrate the Passover this time of the year --- remembering the "passing over" from the sword of the angel of death. I wonder if there are other religions that also enjoy a holiday. To you I send greetings as well. Please share your traditions. I'd love to hear it.
    On a personal note, this is also the season when my brother passed away decades ago. How I miss him. His life was a tornado of activities. Life seemed to revolve around him. And when he passed away at the prime of his youth, he created a vacuum and the world stood still ... especially for my parents. Emotions of blame, anger and self-doubt tugged us towards depression but by God's grace we all survived.
    This holy day, let us celebrate God's goodness to the unworthy lot that we are. As He protected the Hebrews and He protected my family, He has (and always will be) there to see us through.

"Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning."
--- Psalm 30:4-5

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom and Art of
Pasadena; Don of Kelowna; Debbie of Moreno Valley; Mike of New York; JB of Virginia; Rodney of Manitoba.

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Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.


The nicest thing about the future is ...
that it always starts tomorrow.

Money will buy a fine dog ...
but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

If you don't have a sense of humor ...
you probably don't have any sense at all.

Seat belts are not as confining ...
as wheelchairs.

A good time to keep your mouth shut is ...
when you're in deep water.

How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark ...
to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

Business conventions are important ...
because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

Why is it that at class reunions ...
you feel younger than everyone else looks?

Scratch a cat (or dog) ...
and you will have a permanent job.

No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy (or girl) ...
who wants to buy a car.

There are no new sins ...
the old ones just get more publicity.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. ...
like, it could be the right number.

Do you realize that in about 40 years ...
we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?
(And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)

Money can't buy happiness ...
but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint ...
you're probably dead.

Be careful about reading the fine print ...
there's no way you're going to like it.

The trouble with bucket seats is that ...
not everybody has the same size bucket.

No one ever says
"It's only a game" ...
when their team is winning.

I've reached the age where ...
'happy hour' is a nap.

Always be yourself because the people who matter don't mind ...
and the ones who mind don't matter.

Life isn't tied with a bow ...
but it's still a gift.

Contributed by JB of Virgina (sent a year ago)

I tried to make a dish today.
The ingredients same and prepared the same way.
A cup of this, three cups of that,
a pinch from here, a tablespoon of fat.

transfer to another pot, turn the rings
put the veggies and those things.
exactly what she used to do
nothing extra, nothing new
boil then simmer, slowly stir
transfer to pan and let cool there
wait an hour, then reheat
let it cool, then add the beet

exactly what she had done,
followed directions exactly, every one
why does it not taste the same, the food
why does it taste too sweet, too spicy. no good

after i think of all that i have done
i finally figured what was missing, the only one
she put something in that dish, none of the above
she put something in it, i think it's love.

Videos of the week:

There's a Place for Us
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

There's a place for us: Streisand

Some people can't stand Barbara Streisand because of her liberal politics but that shouldn't prevent anyone from appreciating her wonderful voice. In this video a little girl sings a duet with the famous diva. Don't worry, you conservatives! I'll give equal time with the final video in this email.

A BMW April Fool's Joke? No Way!!
Contributed by Rodeny of Manitoba, B.C.

BMW April Fools Joke

Hard to believe but just watch.This happened this year ... 2 days ago.

God Whispers
Contributed by Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

God Whispers

Many times our prayers are answered but we don't recognize them. This video points out our blindness to the blessings.

Here I Am to Worship: American Idol
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Here I am to Worship: American Idol

While waiting in line for the American Idol audition, the contestants suddenly burst into song ... a worship song! Who would have thunk this was possible?

Shout to the Lord: American Idol
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Shout to the Lord

I don't watch the show so I was surprised they actually sang this.


Burma Shave
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Burma Shave

A fascinating story about an old fashioined but extremely effective advertising concept. Being in the marketing business, I thought this was a brilliant pre-social media marketing campaign.

If you were born before the 50's you'll probably remember these signs.

Wildlife Photos
Contributed by Mike of New York

Wildlife Photos

Mike is a professional photographer ... some of his work graced the billboards of Times Square, New York ... so when he sends me photos he likes, you know they have to be good. This is not a video but a website --- a collection of intriguing wildlife photos. If you have time to spare this can eat up your minutes.

On His Knees
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Ron Reagan

Some people are so politically polarizing. Ronald Reagan is one of them --- you either hate him or love him. Whichever political side you land, you have to admire his guts for sharing his faith.

Have a good TGI Friday people! Happy Easter!


Dear Raoul,
Thank you. I found this issue so inspiring and engrossing. First of all, your blog of course, and the fact that it mentioned your brother gave it more personal pathos.
Then when I went to inspirational, "God Whispers" it spoke to me. You see, it is a quiet Good Friday , just my husband and I cruising the TV. I found myself uninspired. Then I opened my mail and there it was, TGIF with the topic for me. I have seen this before in one of my emails, but it was just plain words and no picture and music. Put together, it was so beautiful. So apt for Easter. So here you are again --- your TGIF reaching out to countless readers. God whispers indeed, and we find time to listen. God is good.


Great idea and selection. I am reading the Passion according to John this evening at Church. Joy will certainly be expressed around the world at the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Thanks.


God continue to richly bless you and me, have a great weekend.



I am glad you wrote about your brother. I know he left a huge footprint on your heart and of course your parents as well. Take care and please know that you’re one of my favorite friends. You have depth and real caring for those around you. You are a gift to all you come in contact with. Happy Friday.


I just wanted to take a moment and wish you and your family a very happy Easter. I hope you enjoy your time with your family.


Great job Raoul! A blessing for all! Thanks!


Hey Raul,

I hope you are doing great. Could you add my father to you blog list. I'm sick of forwarding your great work to him.

Thanks and Happy Easter!

Dave, Boston

"Shout To the Lord!" It was very moving as I recalled -- and must have been a real witness to those contestants who were not Christians!

The idea was actually dreamed up by contestant Jason Castro (with the long brown dreadlocks in the video), who is actually a strong Christian. One of the other contestants I know for sure was Christian; two were Mormons and I'm not sure about the other 4....

I'm not allowed to open video links at work, so I'm not sure if the video that was posted on TGIF was the one where they sang "My Shepherd, My Savior...." for Idol Gives Back, or "My Jesus, My Savior...." (dressed in all white) the following day. Both versions are quite moving! :)

Thanks for sharing! God bless you.

TGIGF (Thank God It's Good Friday - because Sunday's coming!)


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