Do we care?

Luke 7:11-17

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”  And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

 Another version says…His heart went out to her…  Jesus responded from the heart to her sorrow.  What does this say of him?  He is busy, He is teaching, He is going somewhere, He has plans…  we also get involved in all of these types of activities and actions.  Do we get too busy to sense the deep sorrow of another, a stranger?  His willingness to stop what He was doing, to comfort and give back life shows what is important.  He gave.  He laid aside His plans long enough to respond to the deep need of another.  He was alert and aware of the need on a deeper level, not just nodding to the obvious pain and wailing and moving on in His own world.  We sympathize with those around us, we truly care sometimes but do we lay aside our business long enough to give to another in need?  Can we sense the times when the pain or suffering of another is too great for them and they have need of someone to give acknowledgement of their status long enough to provide a breath of life.  We possess the life-giving Word of God, the love of God; do we share it?  Are we aware of those times when it is desperately needed by someone else?  Take from this a stirring in the spirit to sense more closely the needs of those who cross our paths.  Be quick to drop what we are doing long enough to share life, the source of life with that one.

Jesus said:”Don’t weep,” then walked over and did something.  We often say something similar then walk away…


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