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The Rock Left Behind

Read Matthew 28: 1-10 - Sunday morning at the tomb

Then the angel spoke to the women, "Don't be frightened!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified, but he isn't here! For he has come back to life again, just as he said he would. Come in and see where his body was lying.... And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead..... Matthew 28: 5-7a (TLB)

Shone Gray is from Wyoming. One day during the summer between her son's freshman and sophomore years of high school, they received a phone call that his friend and classmate Casey had died; he had drowned in a local lake. Their entire family was in shock; they live in a small town, and they were all close with Casey's family. That first day they focused on helping their son. The next day they spent special time with their younger children helping them to understand the tragedy.

Shone was making a cake to take to the family when their youngest child, who was 4, said, "Mom, why don't they just go find his rock?"

"Whose rock? Shone asked. He said simply, "Casey's rock. When they found Jesus' rock, he was not there!"

Shone's child's question helped her to remember in the midst of an unimaginable loss that Jesus had overcome death. Just like Jesus, Casey had left death behind and was with their heavenly Father. This one simple reminder calmed Shone's heart and gave her peace. She knew that because of Jesus' victory they would see Casey again. Now, in any loss, Shone reminds herself that Jesus has conquered death. Praise the Lord!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the gift of eternal life that you give us through Jesus, who overcame death and left the rock of his tomb behind. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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