Guest Post: It is OK to weep. Jesus Wept!
Reading is based on John 11
Our gospel begins with “a certain man who was ill”; there is a cry for help; a delay in the necessary help arriving; and a death followed by lots of weeping.
Jesus himself weeps. He is disturbed and he is moved by what he sees.
As I write we are in the middle of a global pandemic – the number of recorded cases worldwide is over 600,000 – the real number far, far higher. The official number of dead almost 30,000.
Our Prime Minister is ill, the heir to the throne is ill, the Health Secretary is ill.
A certain man was ill, and those who loved him wept, is not just our gospel right now but a story that is being heard and lived in every corner of our world.
And so it is OK if you, like Jesus, feel disturbed and moved by what you are seeing. It is natural for us all to grieve when so much is being lost – and not just people.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
And during this time of pandemic – you may find yourself in any one of those places and perhaps in all of them depending on the time of day.
It is OK to have a cry. Jesus wept.
This is an excerpt from a sermon from Reverend Katie Thomas from St James, Malden. United Kingdom. Click on the link above to to be redirected to more of her sermons.
God bless you all.
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