The story of Lazarus touched my heart in today's reading. I've always just looked at it from the perspective of the miracle that it is: Jesus raising him from the dead after 4 days! Today when I read it, I really felt Jesus' love for Lazarus and his sisters. What beautiful friendship!
As I re-read the passage a couple of times, I was struck with how we get to have the same friendship and love from Jesus. Because of what He did for us on the cross, and God sending the Holy Spirit, we also get to be so close to Jesus! So close to Him that He weeps for us when we are lost and is moved deeply for us too.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.
Song written by: Joseph M. Scriven in 1855.