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Take Away the Stone


In this Lenten read, Why, the author discusses the story of Lazarus. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus. He had two sisters, Martha and Mary. Lazarus died and was buried in Bethany, four days before Jesus arrived. The sisters begged Jesus to do something, and as the story goes…Jesus called Lazarus from his grave. What is interesting in this author’s story, are two facts:

  1. Jesus told Martha to have the stone taken away and
  2. Jesus told Martha to remove Lazarus’ grave clothes.

The author reminds us that there are many praying for a miracle for ourselves, our family members, and our friends. But how many of us have stones blocking the miracle from occurring. We are encouraged to take away the stone, so that miracle can occur. What is your stone? 

  • Rivalry
  • Jealousy
  • A nagging tongue
  • Unkindness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Favoritism
  • Hypocrisy
  • Criticism
  • Laziness
  • Prejudice
  • Prayerlessness

“If you want to see Me work, take away the stone.”

After the stone was taken away, and Jesus performed the miracle of calling Lazarus back from death, Jesus reminded Martha that Lazarus needed to be loosened from him grave clothes. The miracle had occurred but Lazarus was still stymied by his grave clothes.  What grave clothes, what past experiences are keeping you from fully enjoying your miracle?

  • Low living
  • Sight walking
  • Small planning
  • Smooth knees
  • Colorless dreams
  • Tame visions
  • Mundane talking
  • Cheap giving
  • Dwarfed goals
  • Memories of the past
  • Fear of the future
  • Uncertainty in the present
  • Lingering resentment
  • Unforgiving spirit
  • Rooted bitterness
  • Wrong attitude

“Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” “Let them go.”

Cite: Graham Lotz, A. (2004). WHY?:Trusting God When You Don’t Understand. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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