Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7:1-17
Do Not Weep
My love is cold and dead
there seems no future for me
no breath in my lungs today
and I can only cry and pray.
Do not weep he says to the one
who is inconsolable broken and weary
to the ones who have been uprooted
to those who way of life has been destroyed.
Is God so hard of heart and out of touch?
the morning sun creeps up again
the cold air surrounds and we huddle
there is a scent of winter on the wind.
God has more in store than we imagine
standing with us as we cry in the streets
God is willing to be bent and broken
to restore life and love a;;over again.
The living God stopped at the funeral
goes to the encampment, seeks the homeless
aches for this world which is cruel and unkind
and seeks to restore the beloved to life.