READ : John 11:17-27
Our bedtime prayer as children included, “If I should die before I wake, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.”
No matter how long we may live, eventually we shall die. C.S. Lewis, an English professor, lost his wife Joy, an American, to cancer. In his pain he was inconsolable. He was bitter and angry. He wrote, “Is it rational to believe in a bad God? Anyway, is a God so bad as all that? The cosmic sadist, the spiteful imbecile?” He later worked through his loss and collected his scribblings in a powerful statement of faith in A Grief Observed.
How will you face the reality of death? All of us must deal with our mortality. Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus because death, the punishment of sin, is even more horrible in His eyes than in ours. He wept at the shame, for it is unnatural. We were not made for this.
The question Jesus asked Martha is one we must also answer: Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Our Lord has conquered death for every person when He died and rose from the grace. By faith, His triumph is our triumph.
“O God, you understand our grief, for You have felt our pain. . . . Comfort us with the knowledge that Jesus raised His friend and will raise all who hear His voice, for He destroyed the darkness of death when you raised Him.” Amen. (RCA Liturgy).