Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45
I was a little girl, sitting near the front row of the church. My legs could not touch the floor, and I had to hold my hands laced in my lap so that I could remain still. I stared at the coffin before me.
I realized I had not forgiven my father when I read John 11 and heard Jesus thundering, “Unbind him and let him go!” My resentments had bound me to my father, even in his death.
My life as a nonjoiner
When I was baptized at 12, I refused what Baptists call “the right hand of fellowship.” I wanted the water but not the fellowship.
Jesus never shows up too late
In Aristotelian terms, the gospel is neither comedy nor tragedy. Disaster is not avoided—yet the story doesn't end in suffering.
Perhaps it's only when we let go of who and what our loved one was that we can receive who they are now.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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