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"Peace When It All Seems Lost" Stuart Jones Mary looked into the tomb, and he was gone. Two angels were sitting in the tomb and they asked Mary, “Woman, why are you crying?” (John 20: 13) She turned from the tomb and encountered Jesus, but she didn’t recognize Him. She was lost in her grief and not able to see whom she had just found, her Savior stood in front of her. Thinking Jesus was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned to him and cried out…“Rabboni!”—the Hebrew word for “teacher”.(John 20: 15-16). Without ceremony or fanfare, Jesus reached out with what could only be described as Peace into the darkened world of Mary. Mary was grief-stricken and unwilling, or unable to behold the truth in front of her. It took only a simple gesture--Jesus calling her name--to open her eyes so she could see beyond the lost state she was in and bring her peace. He sent her to tell the disciples what she had seen, to tell them the news! When Jesus comes to us do we recognize Him? Do we see Him? Do we listen? Or do we assume or “know” it is someone else, or something else at work? Are we blinded by our own interpretation of “reality” or “truth” and unable or unwilling to accept any other possibility? But the real question is this: when we do open our eyes to Him, to the peace he brings, will we share that new state we are in with others?