When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and He said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak… (From today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11-17)
We have our own reasons for weeping – problems in life, burdens in our relationships, difficulties in our work, conflicts with our friends, loss of a loved one, experience of rejection, hopelessness in waiting, and a lot more. In our weeping, we find ourselves giving up. In our weeping, we lose sight of hope. In our weeping, we forget about the promises that the Lord has given us. In our weeping, we lose our heart and we become lifeless.
But in today’s Gospel, the Lord brings us good news. He tells us, “Do not weep.” He reminds us that He knows what we are going through. He has never forgotten and He wants to save us from our weeping. He is here to comfort us. He tells us that He is in control.
Today, let us surrender to Him all that hurts. He will take away every brokenness and He will replace our heart with a new one. He will give us new life. He tells us, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” Let us arise from the hurts, arise from the pain, arise from the things that make us dead and let us claim joy and hope in His love.