John 11, 25-27
Something to read
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She [Martha] said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’
New Revised Standard Version
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Something to think about
These were hard times for Martha and Mary – they had lost their beloved brother, and they wanted their friend with them to help and support them. Martha takes Jesus’ words at face value – that the message is that her brother who has died, will live through Jesus.
This one of the best known New Testament verses, and is often used as comfort for people who have lost someone, and a hope for the future in dark times. I lost someone very, very dear to me earlier this year. My mother was 91, and I know that’s a ‘good innings’, but it was still too soon to watch her go. Hearing these words at her funeral did bring comfort – that she really and truly believed that everyone who lives and believes in Christ will never die.
Something to do
Our words bring comfort to people who are hurting. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words, and it seems easier to avoid someone, or ignore the situation. Instead of stepping away, a few words, a simple card or even just a touch on the arm, means so very much.
Something to pray
Help us to be there for the people that we love, and help us to find the right words at the right time.
Today's contributor is Suzanne Elvidge, a writer who specialises in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, technology, business and ecological issues. Suzanne is the Ethical Living editor for surefish.co.uk, Christian Aid's community website.