Posted by: Postordinandy | February 19, 2014

John 11 (pt 4)

Lazarus, come out!

A muffled sound at first,

Unidentified tones, as if heard underwater,

As I struggle to remember how to think.

.

Lazarus, come out!

Light emerging from darkness,

Eyes that have not seen for days,

Protected by gauze and a shady cave.

.

Lazarus, come out!

What is that smell?

It smells like something has died,

Oh…

.

Lazarus, come out!

Muscles tensing as blood once again flows,

The stiffness of death giving way to the soreness of life,

Bound in grave-clothes no longer needed.

.

Lazarus, come out!

The decision still mine:

To stay in the cold safety of the grave’s embrace.

Or to re-emerge, blinking, into life’s journey.

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“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”” [John 11:38-44]

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