Mark 16:1-7 (NIV)

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”  4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ “   

Mark 16:3 (NRSV)

3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

DEVOTION -Judi F. Light (Pennsylvania)

As a little girl, I adored my daddy.  When he and my mother were in their eighties, my family enjoyed having them live with us.  One evening, my dad had a massive stroke.  Hospitalized, he made minimal progress; so he was admitted to a nursing home. I feared the prospect of facing life without him.

During Dad’s remaining four months, my mother was amazing.  At times, she became weary and worried about the future; but she quickly regained her strength and faith.  I  marveled at her ability to do so, and she explained that whenever she became fearful, she thought of the women who made their way to Jesus’ tomb.  Worried about how they would move the massive stone and enter the tomb, they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away?”  When they arrived at the tomb, the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  God had not only provided the solution to their worry but had given a gift that was beyond all hope.

Throughout my father’s illness, when my mother or I began to worry, we reminded each other, “Who will roll the stone away?”  Then, we smiled, knowing we could trust God to help us along the way.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God will roll the Stone away.

PRAYER: Dear Father, when we fear the future, help us to trust you completely.  Amen.