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39-unbind

Lent day 39

Saturday

Theme: Unbind

Scripture

John 11:28-44

After Martha said this, she went and privately said to her sister Mary, “The Teacher is here, and he wants to see you.” As soon as Mary heard this, she got up and went out to Jesus. He was still outside the village where Martha had gone to meet him. Many people had come to comfort Mary, and when they saw her quickly leave the house, they thought she was going out to the tomb to cry. So they followed her.

Mary went to where Jesus was. Then as soon as she saw him, she knelt at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw that Mary and the people with her were crying, he was terribly upset and asked, “Where have you put his body?”

They replied, “Lord, come and you will see.”

Jesus started crying, and the people said, “See how much he loved Lazarus.”
Some of them said, “He gives sight to the blind. Why couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”

Jesus was still terribly upset. So he went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone rolled against the entrance. Then he told the people to roll the stone away. But Martha said, “Lord, you know that Lazarus has been dead four days, and there will be a bad smell.”

Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you had faith, you would see the glory of God?”

After the stone had been rolled aside, Jesus looked up toward heaven and prayed, “Father, I thank you for answering my prayer. I know that you always answer my prayers. But I said this, so that the people here would believe that you sent me.”

When Jesus had finished praying, he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of burial cloth, and a cloth covered his face.

Jesus then told the people, “Untie him and let him go.”

Reflection prompts

  • What do you grieve in this world?
  • What does that grief feel like?
  • What unbinds or loosens that hurt?

Prayer

Jesus of Nazareth, you wept tears for Lazarus, which means you know what grief feels like. We wish that you could miraculously heal all losses like you did with Lazarus, for death is never fair or convenient. However, we ask that you simply grieve with us. Cry with us. Go to the graveside with us. Unbind our grief and walk with us. Amen. —Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

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