November 3

John 11:32-37

“But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’” vs. 37

When dread disease comes to someone in our network of acquaintances, out of love and concern, we offer prayers for the miracle of healing. And sometimes there is a cure…and the joy is intense. But other times, too often it seems, there isn’t a healing. We all know what that feels like…and tears flow freely…it’s what we do when death comes near. It’s in those moments that our skeptic friends might be thinking, (a couple might actually say it), “How come Jesus didn’t answer your prayers and provide a miraculous healing?” It’s a good question, one that we’re hard-pressed to answer in any satisfactory way. The truth is that we don’t know why some are healed and others aren’t…healing is always mysterious. What we do know is that the tears are natural and good…it’s what Jesus did when Lazarus died. And we also know from Jesus that the weeping isn’t the end of the story. The final chapter is yet to come…and we’ve been assured that there is going to be a joyful ending. It’s that good news that sustains us in our moments of sadness…the tears are only temporary, an honest reflection of pain and loss. Beyond them comes the morning and the arrival of joy. For all of us there is a time to live and a time to die…and then a time to live again. Thanks be to God!

Thought for the Day: When has weeping been most intense for me?

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