Talitha Cumi


A daughter dying
Her father implores on bended knee
“Come, Lord Jesus,
You can make her well” was his plea.

Told she is dead
and to trouble Jesus no more.
“Do not fear, only believe,”
Jesus says to her father.

He enters the house
to the sound of great weeping.
Sees the commotion and tells them
she is not dead, but sleeping.

The mourners laugh
and Jesus puts them outside.
Taking the child’s hand He says
“Talitha cumi, little girl arise.”

Awake, O sleeper
Jesus take our hand.
You give life to the dead
Revive us once again.

-Debbie Neal Crawford

Scripture references: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 and Ephesians 5:14



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