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The written Word tells us that you wept over the death of your friend Lazarus. It also tells us that you waited until he died before you came to the side of his sisters.

I have mixed feelings as to whether your actions were compassionate. A resurrected brother is not the same as not having to watch him die in the first place.

I implore you to show your compassion in tangible ways to those who are now at bedside vigils.

For those listening to ragged breathing…

For those watching food and drink go untouched…

For those who are already exhausted from pre-grieving…

For those who are angry that the healing they asked for has not taken the shape they expected…

For those who are midwifing the deaths of their beloved into the life of the world to come…

Lord, have mercy.

Be there in clear and tangible ways.

Reveal your compassion and mercy.

Hear our prayer, O Lord.

And, in your mercy, answer us.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.

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