John 11:17-27 (CEB)

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was a little less than two miles from Jerusalem. 19 Many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary after their brother’s death. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world.”

John 11:25 (CEB)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die.

DEVOTION – Marlenin Roman (Dominican Republic)

In 2008, when my father died unexpectedly, I sank into depression and felt numb for a long time.  My sessions with a psychologist did not bring me out of the depression; I sank deeper into sadness.

When lifted me out of the depths of darkness with more understanding, faith, and strength was an event that happened more than 2,000 years ago.  The assurance of resurrection was like a balm to my constant and profound sadness.  The knowledge that Jesus did not remain on the cross or in the tomb but was raised from the dead, as he promised, was powerful consolation to me.

The truth of Christ’s resurrection became my anchor.  I gained confidence that one day, on the day of the glorious resurrection, we will all be together again in a place where fear, pain, and death will be no more.  With hope in the resurrection of Christ, I knew I had not lost my father, for he was with the Lord; and the Lord is with me.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Christ’s resurrection assures us that love is stronger than death.

PRAYER: Living and loving Christ, comfort those who grieve, for your love is more than death.  Amen.