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NT Wright, again, has stirred my thinking. Writing in his Everyone series about the gospel of John, chapter 11, he nudges us to think a little more deeply about what the tears of Jesus might mean. If you remember the story, a good friend had just died (Lazarus), and now Jesus has just encountered the second of Lazarus’ two grieving sisters.

Mad at the world? Mad at God? Things not working?

 

Check your assumptions.

 

There are lots of things to be mad about, and sometimes the reasons are pretty clear: somebody hurt you, you made a huge mistake, something you really wanted doesn’t happen: the cause and effect are easy to see.

 

But sometimes we get upset and don’t really know why.