"Lord, If You Had Been Here"

In the summer of 1989, my grandmother passed from this life to be with the Lord. She was my mentor and inspiration in becoming a Christian as well as encouraging me to study my Bible on a daily basis (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).

At the gravesite, I vividly recall memories shared by friends and family who had known her. In recalling this event (which seems like happened only yesterday), I couldn’t help but recall the occasion recorded in John 11, when Jesus came to the grave of His recently deceased friend Lazarus. As He approached the tomb, Jesus encountered both of Lazarus’ sisters — first, the industrious Martha (John 11:21-28), and then faithful Mary (John 11:32). Both sisters must have had the same thought on their minds and lips as Christ came near:

See here.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets