Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Unwrapping the Graveclothes

It is a familiar story, the one in John 11 where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. The miracle, the power, the glory, the depth of compassion all step out of the pages of scripture and minister to our hearts in a myriad of ways. It seems we can read the same verses at different seasons in our lives and find something fresh and new from the heart of the Father who knows our every need.

This past weekend I heard someone speak on this passage in a way that I had never considered before. He was speaking on recovery, and He was talking to Christians. Somehow we have gotten the idea that when we take that first step of faith and accept Jesus into our hearts as Savior everything from that moment on is going to be good.

Please join me and my little friend Timmy at Laced With Grace today for the rest of this devotional. We'd love to see you there.



  1. Headed that way ... love your little bear!

  2. Linda, this was wonderful; I think you've found the outlet for your writing, inspiration.

  3. Just read over at Laced with Grace.
    It was so sweet and encouraging,
    just like little Timmy. That's just
    another thing I love about the word,
    you can see the same passage in a
    different way though you've read it
    so many times before. Your words
    always bless me, Linda.

  4. Just finished reading your Laced with Grace. I had never thought of how Lazarus would be wrapped up --- 70 lbs of bandages--whoah!
    I think that's where we as a Christian body sometimes trip up: we don't help unwrap and steady the new Christian. Often we instead heap on him/her responsiblities and then are as perplexed as he/she is when things aren't hunky dory!
    Excellent message, Linda. Thanks. :>)

  5. will head over there
    I always learn over there and here too (o:

  6. will head over there, dear Linda. i just wanted to thank you for your encouraging comment tonight. it gave me such hope. i've been missing you... how are things with your house? with your heart? love you. e.