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Pandemic Hope Devotional March 28, 2020

This devotional was put together by several ELCA pastors and youth directors. Each morning, you will receive a devotion and activity for you or your family to do during this time of social distancing.

 

John 11:1 - 45 

John 11:11 - 44
​[Jesus] told [his disciples], “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”


Song: Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6g3W0zt77A

 

Faith Practice 

Create cards to send to homebound members.

Donna Dahl
Thorncrest Senior Living
1201 Garfield Ave #8
Albert Lea, MN 56007
 
Shirley Ellinghuysen
Thorncrest Senior Living
1201 Garfield Ave, #4
Albert Lea, MN 56007
 
Elaine Mangus
St John Lutheran Community
901 Luther Pl #104
Albert Lea Mn 56007
 
Jeanette Ophaug
Thorncrest Senior Living
1201 Garfield Ave, #27
Albert Lea, MN  56007-3637
 
Eleanor Ott
512 Railroad Ave
Albert Lea, MN  56007-5208
507-373-2198
 
Susan Storlie
St John Fountain Lake
1861 Eagle View Circle #209
Albert Lea MN 56007
 
John & Audree Wagner
Prairie Cottages
1602 W Fountain St #224
Albert Lea MN 56007
 

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