There’s Always Something

"This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it"

John 11:4
Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, A

On the final day of his life, it’s been said that the great English novelist Rudyard Kipling was mumbling deliriously on his deathbed. Those at his bedside could not understand what he was struggling to say until one of the nurses leaned over and said, “Mr. Kipling, Mr. Kipling, what is it you want?” Kipling stopped tossing for a moment and replied with the last bit of strength he could muster, “I want God!”

Just as it should be for all of us, Kipling’s deathbed wish was simply to be with God. And that is precisely what Jesus is telling us: wanting God the way a dying man wants Him is not an intellectual exercise. It’s an exercise in faith – an all-consuming hunger for God and His goodness.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, is dying, and his sisters, Martha, and Mary, send for Jesus to come and minister to him. Lazarus was a man in desperate need of God. However, when Jesus…

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