Dead Loss
by Berni Dymet

John 11:21,22 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."

They say that we shouldn't cry over spilt milk. In other words, the past is the past. We can't change it. What's happened has happened - and that's it.


Jesus had a good friend. Lazarus. Lazarus was dying so they sent a messenger for Jesus to come. But Jesus delayed by a couple of days, so by the time He got there, Lazarus was dead.

Now Lazarus' sister, Martha, said to Jesus: If only you'd been here my brother wouldn't have died. And that was probably true. Jesus could have prevented his death.

But it's the second bit of what she said to Jesus that was the most powerful: But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him. And with that … Jesus went and raised Lazarus from the dead.

Sometimes we look at that mess on the floor - that spilt milk - and we imagine that there's nothing we can do about it.
There isn't. We can't. But Jesus can. 

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