and He said, “Don’t cry”

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Luke 7:11-16 (NIV)
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
12 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.13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 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!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 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.”

Jesus’ heart goes out to this mother and He speaks a word of encouragement, “Don’t cry”!  The picture I see is a mother when her child is hurt and how she will take the child in her arms and draw him close to her bosom as she whispers, don’t cry…in essence saying ‘I am here’, I love you, it is alright.

Jesus draws near to let this mom know “I Am is here. I love you, It is alright! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Now, I don’t know what you may be going thru, no matter who you are – mom, dad, patient, business man, employee, granny, college student. I do know that this present age is hard, cruel and rough…the world and the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy…and sometimes our hearts are broken in these battles of life.

Jesus draws close today to say, I see you, I Am here, present…I neither slumber nor sleep, I watch over all my children, cast all your cares on me, for I care for you.

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