John 11:32-37 (NIV) When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then 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?”
I invite you to take time and read the rest of the story of Lazarus and Jesus. In this account, Jesus comes to restore Lazarus to life. If he is coming to bring new life, why would he weep? I believe that Jesus wept with Lazarus’ sisters, because that is what they, in their deep grief, needed him to do. They were not yet ready to see their brother restored. They needed to have their grief acknowledged. When Jesus wept, it told Mary and Martha that he had heard them. He had seen them. And, he loved them. Then, having wept with them, Jesus restored Lazarus to life. We do not have the power to bring resurrection to our grieving friends and family. What we have is the ability and the power to weep with them. We can see them, acknowledge them and love them. This is how we come to offer new life. We, at Grief Comfort, see you. We love you, and we weep with you. Peace!