The Many Faces of Mourning

In the last post, Mary Magdalene, beside the covered, lifeless body of her brother, Lazarus, was grieving.

Today, we see her walking to his funeral, wiping her tears with her cloak.

Grief has a power of its own, stronger than any effort to control it.

My Prayer:

For the courage to enter into the depths of grief, my own, and those who are burying loved ones today, especially Rev. Dr. Maung Maung Htwe and family in Boston as they say goodbye to their daughter and sister who died as a result of COVID-19, I pray.

Invitation to Prayer:

Who needs your loving prayers today? Support them now.

Scriptural Touchstone:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Jesus, Matthew 5:4 NRSV


These images show Mary Magdalene and others as they make their way to Lazarus’ funeral. They are in the Mary Magdalene stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral in France (1205-15).

To Understand the Image Better
Mary and Martha mourn the death of Lazarus in the Magdalene Window

Other Posts in this Series
Grieving, Then and Now
Life and Death
Talking about Death
Hanging On Before Letting Go
Considering Our Lives
Possibilities in Times of Grief
Consider This!

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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