If It Is Dead, Bury It

Lou Lotz

READ : John 20:11-18

“Do not hold on to me.” (v. 17)

“Do not hold on to me.” Why not? Perhaps Mary thinks that the Lord is back to stay, back for good. Jesus knows otherwise. His old relationship with his followers is over, and not until Mary lets go of the old relationship can she begin a new relationship with a risen Christ.

How difficult it is to let go of things that need to be let go of; to bury what is dead. For example, maybe you have ambitions that made sense once upon a time, but no longer, and they need to be abandoned. Maybe there is some relationship that you hoped would revive, but now it has gone past the point where revival is possible, and it needs to be declared dead. You can’t move forward in life if you keep staring in the rearview mirror.

In Edinburgh, Scotland, there is a monument dedicated to a dog, Greyfiar’s Bobby. In 1858, the dog’s master died and was buried. Every day thereafter, for years, Greyfriar’s Bobby walked to the cemetery and sat at his master’s grave.

Go home, Greyfriar’s Bobby. Stop clinging to what is past. Whatever it is that God has in store for you, you’re not going to find it in the cemetery.


Lord, give me the strength to let go of whatever it is I must let go of.