“But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb” (John 20:11).

The verb tense of “standing outside” indicates this was not a one time event, but rather, it was something Mary had continually done since Jesus was first placed in the tomb on Friday. She knew death was on the other side of the stone, but even in her grief, she held on to hope with an unquenchable desire. I am convinced that faith is birthed from a spirit that longs for more than what the physical world can offer, for the transcendent, and is willing to investigate. If you don’t want to believe, you can find plenty of reasons not to. If you long to believe, however, you can find the evidence necessary to bring forth faith.

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