Mar 9, 2014

Lazarus Blessing: John 11: 1-45

Here’s a reflection on John 11: 1-45, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.  It was written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.

Lazarus Blessing
(inspired by John 11: 1-45)

The secret
of this blessing
is that it is written
on the back
of what binds you.

To read
this blessing,
you must take hold
of the end
of what
confines you,
must begin to tug
at the edge
of what wraps
you round.

It may take long
and long
for its length
to fall away,
for the words
of this blessing
to unwind
in folds
about your feet.

By then
you will no longer
need them.

By then this blessing
will have pressed itself
into your waking flesh,
will have passed
into your bones,
will have traveled
every vein

until it comes to rest
inside the chambers
of your heart
that beats to
the rhythm
of benediction

and the cadence
of release.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.  http://paintedprayerbook.com/