Monday, April 03, 2017
Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’
Hope doesn’t die, not for those who know the Love Who Is. Martha knows. I share her knowing.
Jesus comes to the place of Lazarus’ death. He greets his grieving sisters and friends and mourns outside his tomb before calling him back to life, unbound.
Today, Martha most compels me. Even now, she says. Even now my brother can live. Even now, after everything that has happened. Even now, after all these tears, all this grief and fear.
Even now, Love lives, the passion of God burns, the power of resurrection is present. Even now, I know, she says, all that love hopes for can be.
For even now, Loves living power is present in Christ, bearing the Love who is into the lives we live.
She speaks a remarkable faith, but this is not her accomplishment. No act of human will yields such surety.
It arises like the flowers of spring in hearts who have been embraced again and again by the Love who calls us from every tomb … and whispers, “Even now.”
And the whispering goes on … until we know … what Martha knows.
Pr. David L. Miller