28 馬大說了這話，就回去暗暗地叫她妹子馬利亞，說：「夫子來了，叫你。」 29 馬利亞聽見了，就急忙起來，到耶穌那裏去。 30 那時，耶穌還沒有進村子，仍在馬大迎接他的地方。 31 那些同馬利亞在家裏安慰她的猶太人，見她急忙起來出去，就跟著她，以為她要往墳墓那裏去哭。 32 馬利亞到了耶穌那裏，看見他，就俯伏在他腳前，說：「主啊，你若早在這裏，我兄弟必不死。」 33 耶穌看見她哭，並看見與她同來的猶太人也哭，就心裏悲歎，又甚憂愁， 34 便說：「你們把他安放在哪裏？」他們回答說：「請主來看。」 35 耶穌哭了。 36 猶太人就說：「你看他愛這人是何等懇切。」
28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34“Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35Jesus wept. 36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
- What stands out and draws my attention in this passage? The deep love of the two sisters for their brother? Their grief? Jesus’ weeping?
- Mary said to Jesus: “Lord, if you had been here…”. Have I also had similar thought? What was my complaint or accusation of the Lord?
- Have I felt lonely and burdened lately? Try to visualize the image when God carried me through. Thank God for this. Read the words as my prayer: Footprints in the Sand – The Poem
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:
“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”
The LORD replied: “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.