Today I invite you to glimpse the promise hidden in your pool of tears. Those tears hold the promise of new beginnings. One way to do this would be to become quiet for a few moments and imaginatively join Mary as she stands weeping outside the tomb. Envision yourself meeting Mary in the garden, her eyes and yours filled with tears. Go together across to the open tomb, look inside, and slowly take in what you see. Witness the intriguing emptiness of the grave . . . the grave clothes neatly folded . . . the shroud and napkin lying separately.
—Trevor Hudson, Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love, with a foreword by Dallas Willard (Upper Room Books, 2012)
What do you experience as you engage in this imaginative exercise? Join the conversation.
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
—John 20:11-12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of Compassion, we offer you our tears—tears of release, tears of grief, tears of joy. Receive them in love, and reveal to us the healing they can bring. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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