There was a quiet knock on the door, and I roused from my light sleep.
Peeking out the window, I saw that it was Mary and opened the door for her. “I didn’t realize it was so late. Mother hasn’t even been asleep for very long.”
“How is she doing?” Mary asked.
“Not well. She cried for hours during the night! She doesn’t understand, of course none of us do. She just keeps saying ‘it’s not supposed to end this way.’” I replied.
Mary questioned, “Have you been here the whole time? Isn’t Reuben upset?”
“Actually, Rachel stayed with her the first night. Reuben may not have agreed with everything my brother did and stood for, but he loves me and my mom. He knows how difficult losing her son has been for her. I know that I won’t be able to stay with her every night, but hopefully we can all take turns. Of course yesterday we were at church most of the day which also helped.
“I know that John promised he would take care of her.” Mary said.
“He was here yesterday evening, and he wants her to move to his house. She just isn’t ready yet. She says there are memories here that she needs to be around. I think she will move in with his family eventually, but it’ll take a while.” I rose and put some water on to boil.
“Elisabeth, I really should be leaving. It will be getting light soon, and it will take time to get there. Do you think your mother is up to going with me?”
“She would never forgive me if I didn’t get her up. Going back to his grave has been the only thing that’s really been keeping her going these two days. I’ll help her to get ready.”
“Mother.” I shook her shoulder. “Mary is here to go with you to the grave.”
“Yes, of course.” Mother rose quickly and dressed.
As she gathered up her coat, she said “Elizabeth, stay here and make sure everything is clean. We’ll probably have visitors later today. Mary, come let’s hurry!”
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.” Matthew 28:1 (NIV)
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