God, open these familiar words
so that we find ourselves
among the long and tender-hearted
generations of grievers.
We join the communion of the tears
who have heard these words
and been comforted,
and we are confident today,
listening for a whisper of alleluia,
for the sound of a stone rolling,
that carves a deep crevasse across our lives,
but promises easter
to someone we love. amen.