Wednesday, October 4
SCRIPTURE: “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying.” -John 11:33–37
OBSERVATION: In Ecclesiastes 7:1 we are told that the day of death is better than day of birth (Ecc. 7:1). There are those who believe that we should not mourn when death has taken our loved ones. Yet, Jesus (our perfect example) wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus. Death is hard on everyone touched by it, but we weep not for the departed but for ourselves as we ponder the precious memories of the person and see the sorrow of that person’s loved one.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as we ponder the passing of family and friends we know and love and even those we do not know who have lost loved ones, we pray that you will comfort them and show them an extra measure of you love as the cope with their loss. We confess that we do not understand death, but we do understand the power of it. Grant you peace to all those who are suffering with the loss of loved ones at this time…Amen.