Prayer: Sit with us, Lord, when we cry for those we love and have lost. Amen.
Reading: John 11: 32-44 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I remember vividly learning about verse 35 when I was a youngster in Sunday School. This was the shortest verse in the Bible: Jesus wept. As we learned some Bible trivia, I put that in my memory bank to remember. I’m sure it would come in handy later.
As an adult, I look at the verse differently. I don’t think as much about the fact that this is the shortest Bible verse, but rather that Jesus showed his human emotion here. He cried. He was sad about Lazarus. Even though he knew what would happen next, it troubled him. He wept.
When we wept for those we love and have lost, let us remember that Jesus is there with us. He knows how we feel. And, he can do amazing things as we see in the rest of this story. Jesus comforts us as we weep. He stands by us and holds our hand. He knows how we feel.
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