Today's verses are John 11:31-33: "When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled." My child, I'd just asked Martha to go and fetch her sister, asking her to come to me outside the city limits of Bethany.  I wanted to meet with her privately.  Mary arose and started to come to me.  The other mourners at her house arose and followed her.  They thought she was going to Lazarus' tomb to continue to mourn over his death.

When Mary approached me, she fell at my feet and said, weeping with great tears, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."  Like her sister Martha, she expressed her disappointment in me.  She didn't like the way I was handling this situation with her brother.  I understood.  I did not condemn her for her honesty.

When I saw the depth of her grief, and the depth of all the people's grief who had followed her, my spirit was deeply moved.  My spirit is not the Holy Spirit, with whom I share an eternal relationship, but my own human spirit.  It's the same human spirit that you have.  In my incarnation, I have all that you have.  Every human emotion you experience, I experienced.

I felt all their grief deeply and strongly.  I was moved with deep and profound sorrow at the reality of the death of my dear friend Lazarus and what his death was doing to his friends and family.

Yet my grief was also intermixed with great anger at what death had done to all of my Father's created order.  Death was never a part of my Father in heaven's original intent.  It's an evil intrusion into a once perfect created order.  I hated what it's done to people created in the image of my Father in heaven.

My child, I empathize with whatever you're experiencing in life.  If you have given your heart to me, that means your life is in me and my life is in you.  That means that whatever you are feeling, I feel.  If you are grieving over the loss of a friend or loved one, I feel that grief too.  If you are crying over some loss or disappointment in life, I feel that too.  If you are physically hurting in your body because of what sin and disease has brought to you, I feel that too.  If you are crying over life's hurts and pains, I feel that too.

I am a man filled with sorrow and acquainted with grief.  My grief is largely because of your grief.  What you feel, I feel.  Whatever you are going through, you have the empathy of heaven.  My spirit is deeply troubled to see you hurt.

Please understand this truth.  I'm walking with you in your life's pain and disappointments.

You can trust me today.