(a poetic reflection on John 11:30-44)

Daily Office reading for Friday, September 9, 2022: John 11:30-44

“Unbind him, and let him go.”

I can’t even imagine

what it would be like

to suddenly awaken

from the slumber we know as death,

eyes shielded by a gauze burial cloth,

hands bound,

legs and body completely wrapped

in what anyone in Lazarus’ world

would have known as traditional burial linens.


Would I think someone made a mistake?

Would I think it was a bad dream?

Would I wonder if I had arrived on the other side?

What does it feel like to wake up to the sound of Jesus calling your name?

I also have to wonder

when the time finally came

for Lazarus to die again

if he could face it

without fear,

without anxiety,

without regret or remorse,

and with a spirit of hopefulness, anticipation, and trust.

And perhaps he heard the voice again, calling him to come to his friend Jesus.

“Unbind him, and let him go.”

Maria Evans splits her week between being a pathologist and laboratory director in Kirksville, MO, and gratefully serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri , as Interim Priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hannibal, MO. 

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