Lenten devotionals: day 23


I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the holy catholic* church,
      the communion of saints,
      the forgiveness of sins,
      the resurrection of the body,

Even though I exercise regularly, try to eat well, have never smoked and by choice don’t drink, my 66 year old body tells my spirit, this home is not for ever.

I believe that one day I will have a body that does not ache, show signs of age and become weary.

Why do I believe?

Come, let us journey.

Text based on John 11.

The setting: Having been in the desert area where John had preached and baptised, Jesus wanted to return to Judea.

A disciple takes up the story.

We have just crossed the river Jordan, heading back to Judea. Jesus is resolute in this decision, but we are unsettled.

“Lord, you know that to travel this way is to go towards death”

” I know. A family needs me”.

On the way we discuss recent events and are troubled. We had heard that our friend Lazarus was sick and Jesus did not seem to care. Now, when he says he is sleeping, surely a sign that he will get better, Jesus decides to go to them?

“No ” Jesus revealed, “Lazarus has died. I must go and see him.”

It was Thomas who persuaded us that we should go with Jesus, even if it meant we too would die.

It was a quiet, pensive journey. As we approached Bethany, Martha ran out to greet us.

“Lord, if you had been with us, my brother would not have died. Yet, I have faith that God will do anything you ask”

“Martha, Lazarus will rise again.”

“Yes, I know he will rise in the resurrection.”

“Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe this will not die. Do you believe?”

“Yes, Lord. I believe you are Messiah, come into the world.”

Martha then left to tell Mary that Jesus was here. We remained and waited for Mary.

When she arrived and Jesus saw her weeping, he was moved by her grief. We went to the tomb and there Jesus wept.

A moment of silence

Jesus wept

I found this rather penetrating song and it so expresses what I want to leave us with today. I hope you benefit by it also. Don’t forget to connect with others today, start a conversation below.

Join us tomorrow as we continue…


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