Reflection: The shortest verse in the Bible is, “Jesus wept,” and it is an extraordinary verse. Why on earth did Jesus weep when he saw the grief of two sisters for their dead brother Lazarus? Jesus already knew that he would raise Lazarus back to life.
Jesus wept because he shared the hurt the sisters were feeling. He wept because that’s what love does. You cannot love and not weep at a loved one’s grief.
And in the same way, God weeps with you in your grief… even though he knows he will make all things new at the end of time.
When my wife Mary and I had a “wobbly” moment of tears at the thought of me dying, God was crying too. (This, incidentally, highlights the truth that it is harder for those who watch, than for those who die.)
The wobble didn’t last long, and we ended up eating toast and ginger marmalade together in the kitchen at 4am—a practice I can commend!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, You share my grief in every way because you love me. I now choose to share my life with you in every way—and count it a privilege.