(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. 

Follow us on social media

Sign up for the newsletter

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café