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October 11

John 11, 32-33

Something to read

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.

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Something to think about

Jesus was very close to Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and the death of Lazarus and the heartbreak of the sisters will have meant a lot to him. Jesus had waited two days before he came to Bethany, and this time must have seemed like an eternity to the sisters, and perhaps even felt hurtful – ‘if he a cares so much, then why isn’t he here?’

Jesus must have known that he was going to bring Lazarus back – but if he knows that Lazarus is going to live again, why does he feel so deeply moved and troubled? I believe that it’s because he did care so much – he hurt to see his friends in pain. I also think that he sees in this the foreshadowing of what he is going to go through. He knows of the resurrection, for both Lazarus and for him, but he also sees the painful death that is to come first.

Something to do

We all have internal schedules, and sometimes things don’t happen when we want them to – we get impatient, or we take it personally. We need to remember that timing isn’t always under our control – sometimes we need to wait, and sometimes through waiting we get something that is so much better and greater than we expect.

Something to pray

Lord, teach me patience and understanding.

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. 

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