She was there, mourning and wondering …
in Bethany, knowing this family,
wailing when Lazarus died
although he was so ill.
She knew Mary and Martha--sisters
who seemed quite different …
both calling her son to come,
“the one you love is dying.” John 11:3
Two long days passed before Jesus,
returning there to Judea knowing
some wanted him dead by stoning,
found Lazarus dead, sleeping
in the grave, not sleeping but
placed in a dug limestone grave,
behind the stone for four days.
His mother remembered her son’s words:
“If they do not hear Moses and the prophets
and believe, neither will they be convinced
if some one should rise from the dead.” Luke 16:41
He called to beloved Lazarus--bound in linen,
shrouded hand and foot, death’s face wrapped,
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