The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ John 11:3
A messenger from the tomb tells us
how a stone has been rolled
from the mind, and a tree lightens
the darkness with its bloom
From Resurrection by RS Thomas
A stone rolled from the mind
Death has had its way. Claustrophobia and darkness envelop. The tomb is silent, closed. Jesus's 'little deaths' included rejection by his family and losing followers. What messages of insight and encouraging light came his way?
If you wish imagine you go into a cave like the one above with a loss or pain. As Jesus has gone into his so he accompanies you into yours. Jesus' words over Lazarus were 'take off the grave clothes and let him go'. In your companionable silence what words are then spoken, what light brightens the gloom?