As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the Holy Bible. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, submit your personal meditation by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter Sunday.
Today’s scripture reading is from the Gospel of John 11:28-44.
Speaking literally, Martha and Mary sent a message to their friend whom they believed to be the Son of God. This was not prayer as we now know it, but they did believe, and they did intercede for their brother Lazarus. Then in Jesus, we see a human who weeps for his friend, and who is perturbed. It is comforting to me that our God incarnate not only walked the earth, but felt human emotions.
In much of our liturgy, we affirm our belief. However, our faith is affirmed in the knowledge that Jesus is our friend also to this day, and every day. We only need send Him a message, and with us He will weep, comfort and heal. Belief is important, but faith is a relationship – a relationship that activates and motivates our daily lives. When we die spiritually or hurt ourselves or others, we need only send a message to that great friend and master. He knows pain, and He can remove the stone of pain and sin to allow us to walk as children if His light perpetual, just as His friend Lazarus rose.
The verse from hymn 458 comes to mind as we reflect on our relationship, on our growth, and on His sacrifice for us:
He came from His blest throne
salvation to bestow,
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ to know.
But O my friend,
My friend indeed,
Why at my need,
His life did spend.
He remains our friend, master, and our healer.
Columbia, South Carolina
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