Scripture: John 11:17–29
Key verse: (28) When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
Reflection: At dinner each night, we check in to see how everyone is feeling. It is usually hard for me to identify a “feeling” word but I am working on it. I usually choose a noun or adjective and we have to get out the feeling chart (Yes, there is one right beside the dining room table!) and the feeling chart helps me find a word to describe where I am. We are all over the chart from agitated to inadequate, furious to cheeky or creative to nauseated. Most days we find ourselves at some place of contentment. Regardless of where we are, we reach out to hold hands and take a deep breath to pray and we know we are held in the arms of God.
“The teacher is here and is calling for you.” In a few words one can read and maybe even feel the compassionate and empathetic nature of God. The invitation to not just go to Jesus but to bring every anguish, grief, anger, perplexity, and pain. Mary got up and went quickly to Jesus.
God doesn’t only empathize with our many pains and sorrows. God also acts. Jesus wept. John 11:35 is the shortest verse in scripture but powerful beyond words. Jesus wept when Mary came to him, out of compassion and I would even say love. These are his good friends grieving, in pain and Jesus was moved to tears.
Whatever we are feeling these days, we can take comfort in this: When we suffer, Jesus suffers with us. When we grieve, Jesus grieves. May you know that you are always held in the loving arms of a God who knows your deepest pain.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for meeting us right where we are, even in the depths of our pain. Thank you for your tears, reminding us we’re never alone. AMEN.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].