March 21, 2022
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Encounter: The Widow of Nain
Scripture: Luke 7:11-17 NIV
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.
Dear Jesus, death was not part of God’s desire for the world, and your compassion on this widow demonstrates how sorry you are we have to experience it. Your heart went out to her, and at a time when she had given up all hope, weeping in grief, you did what only you could do—you gave her son back to her. I know I may not see this type of miracle in my own life, but I have known your compassion. God, you did come to help your people, to help them know you and find their way back to you.
Praising your holy name,
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