“Not Dead but Sleeping”
O God, sometimes we feel like we’re dead or dying—remind us that we’re only sleeping.
O God, one day we will die—remind us that we’ll only be sleeping.
O God, when we feel like we’re dead or dying, take us by the hand so we can get up. And when we are dead and the great getting up morning comes, take us by the hand so we can get up.
“When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.” (Matthew 9:23-26)