Friday, September 23, 2011


As I have been studying the story of Lazarus in John 11, I have to pause and take in this picture. The last several days were a numb blur for Mary and Martha. All their efforts of attending to Lazarus’ death bed had finally come to an end. It might have been a welcome relief after his passing; at last they had their answer to prayer. He was not suffering anymore. The next few days were filled with the arrangements, well-meaning visitors, and empty moments of lonely thoughts.
In their reality, the shock of being alone had not yet sunk in. That comes later once the last of the casseroles are gone. There was no time for sad feelings to penetrate just yet; it was time to say goodbye to Lazarus. What a daunting task, yet necessary. I imagine as friends gathered for a last time, the sisters felt they still had to be strong. Secretly I bet.....
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