(Click the verse above to see the entire reading)
“All the Feels”
(Before you continue, read this week’s Gospel of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead)
A Lazarus Blessing, by Jan Richardson:
The secret of this blessing
To read this blessing,
you must take hold of the end of what confines you,
must begin to tug at the edge of what wraps you round.
It may take long and long
for its length to fall away,
for the words of this blessing to unwind in folds about your feet.
By then you will no longer need them.
By then this blessing will have pressed itself into your waking flesh,
will have passed into your bones,
will have traveled every vein
until it comes to rest inside the chambers of your heart
that beats to the rhythm of benediction
and the cadence of release.
So now the wheels are in motion.
Jesus did the unthinkable, messed with the laws of life as we know it, and raised Lazarus from the dead.
And that was the last straw for the religious leaders.
So the stage is set.
Word is out, people are recognizing him for who he is – and they will celebrate his arrival into Jerusalem in less than a week.
And only a few days later he’ll be put to death.
Be with us this Holy Week.
Don’t just skip ahead to the good part,
For how can we rise without first dying?
Questions for discussion:
Come be with us this Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday, with service of First Communion: April 13th 7pm.
Good Friday morning service: April 14th 11am.
Good Friday evening service, featuring artist Paul Oman: April 14th 7pm
Easter Morning: April 16th 9am and 10:30am.