Glory in tears
2 Cor 4:6
John 11:35, 38-44
So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
2 Cor 4:6
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Jesus, summon us
With your voice that has authority
Over all grief and loss,
The voice that called order out of chaos, light out of dark,
Now choked with a friend’s sorrow,
Summon us with your call
“Come out. Take away the stone.”
Remove the tombstones which seal us
In the cold and darkness of despair.
Summon us into the light
To see your face,
Reflected there the God who grieves,
Bereaved of all creation,
Whose glory is seen
In each of your tears.
by Katy Emslie-Smith