Read: Luke 7v11-17
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
Meditate: The dead man was the last best hope of his mother. In the days before social security benefits, and before most women could earn a living wage all by themselves, a widow depended on her son to look after her. And now he’s gone. The whole village has turned out to grieve with her, to help her express the sorrow and fear that have enveloped her.
Jesus approaches the crowd and sees this woman and his heart is moved. And then … Terror. Amazement. Fear. Tingles down the spine. The funeral wailing stops in its tracks and changes to the sort of celebration-noises people make at a wedding. He’s alive!
What’s happening? God has come to rescue his people! Sad things are coming undone. God is becoming king!
Pray: Pause, and think, and listen. God has a particular word for you today. You can turn away, if you like, and pretend He isn’t talking to you. But you might be far better listening to what he says. Then think and pray about what it means for his life-giving kingdom to come into your city, your family, your life.
Engage: Watch the 6 o’clock news today as a family and then pray together about what you saw.