Do not weep.

Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

I am a sucker for tears - just thinking about people in pain sometimes brings tears to my eyes. I can see tears in the eyes of Jesus as he approaches this woman who had lost not only her husband to death but now her son lies on a bier being carried to his grave. She certainly had tears in her eyes when our Lord spoke these words to her: “Do not weep.”

To we who are weeping today the Lord too speaks these words of comfort. This crisis will not have the last word in our life. The pain of the day will eventually give way to a better day. One day that which has died will be given back to us and all will glorify God in response. For a great prophet is present amongst us. God is visiting his people each new day.

Help me to see you through my tears Lord.

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