Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into to the world.
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. John 11:17-29
Yes Lord, I Believe
"Yes Lord, I believe" she said
with tears running down her face
an ache deep in her broken heart
a loss so tragic, so unnecessary
she could hardly make herself breathe.
Buried, clean and bound up
all of his vibrant life hidden away
there is no recourse, no hope
the rituals complete, the opening sealed
and yet she walked on in faith.
Despite the hurt and pain of grief
despite the obvious disappointment
and the shame of broken promises
despite all she had seen and heard
she still said she trusted Jesus her friend.
One woman sets the standard for us all
believing despite the evidence to not
embracing love when it arrives
forgiving poor timing and added anxiety
still she proclaimed her belief for all the world.
And so, we like every steady Martha
the sister who served and fed and clothes
we must proclaim our trust and faith
in the face of a world where only money talks
and love is a foolish and temporary thing.