Martha: When Jesus Comes Too Late

Death and other forms of loss seem to be the antithesis of life.  Some of us have had more than our share of death and loss.  We ask, “Why?”  “Where were you, God?”  “Will I have hope again?”  Grief is the deep sorrow that accompanies this kind of loss but it is also the process that gets us through it.  Asra Q. Nomani, a colleague of Daniel Pearl, found it impossible to mourn his friend’s tragic death at the hands of terrorists.  So, he turned to psychologist Steven Stosney who helped him see the process of grief in a different light.  He said,

“Grief is an expression of love.  When you grieve, you allow yourself to love again.”

How do we do it?   “Celebrate a person’s life by living your life fully.”

Jesus knew death.  He cried at the death of a friend.  He died himself a painful death.  He knows our sorrows and walks with us in grief. In doing so, he becomes for us resurrection and life so we can live life fully, now and always.

~Pastor Mary Beth

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