He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:44) Even death has no power over God’s love.
What a powerful story to remind us that death never has the last word through Jesus. Lazarus’ sister Martha has given up hope that Jesus would be able to resurrect Lazarus. It can be so easy to look at the reality of what is in front of us, and leave no room for hope. This story is a reminder that even when we might have lost sight of hope, Jesus comes in and restores our hope.
While we turn on the news and see the stories that seem void of hope, let us search for those glimmers of hope. Let us remember that death never has the last word. As the musical Annie reminds us, “the sun will come out tomorrow.” Hope is all around us. All we have to do is to look for it. Sitting in hopelessness is exhausting, so let us make room for hope.
Prayer: Gracious God, help me to seek out the hope and reassurance of new life which you provide us every day.
Action: Take time to stop and find those glimmers of hope. Maybe it is a video chat with a friend or family member, or seeing signs of Spring. Notice those signs of new life as we transition from winter into spring.