From my window, I see
rustling leaves of the soft maple
which draw me up
to blue skies beyond.
In the foreground a dark pine
stands like a sentry on duty.
I think of my good friends, Lord.
One is fluttery and the other sturdy.
I love them both in different ways.
I cannot love everyone the same.
The love of special friends
helps me to grow in love for others.
Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and John
were your special friends, Lord.
Did they inspire you?
Open my heart to greater love
A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”