Possibilities in Times of Grief

The story is told that after a time of exile, John (the writer of the Gospel of John) returned to his home in Ephesus, and discovered a beloved follower was dead. He asked for Drusiana’s shrouded body be brought to him. When it was, he ordered her to get up and make him a meal (!), which she did.

Needless to say, those who witnessed the miracle were astounded. Life is full of both predictable outcomes and some unexpected and unbelievable occurrences. What are you hoping against hope for? There are never guarantees, but we can’t always predict the future either.

My Prayer:

For the quick development of a vaccine that could end so much unnecessary suffering, I pray.

Invitation to Prayer:

Gaze gently at the image of the resurrection of Drusiana. Which person do you feel more like right now? What is your heart-felt prayer?

Scriptural Touchstones:

Jesus looked at [his disciples] and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”  Mark 10:27 NRSV

Jesus began to be distressed and agitated. And said to Peter and James, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” And going a little farther, Jesus threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”Mark 14:33-36 NRSV


These images of the raising of Drusiana (including the witnesses) are from the John the Evangelist window at Chartres Cathedral (1205-15).

Other Posts in this Series
Life and Death
Talking about Death
Hanging On Before Letting Go
Considering Our Lives

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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