In today’s Gospel, Jesus meets a woman whose only son had just died. What great sorrow for a mother that her only son died! What was worse, this woman was a widow. Who could understand her sorrow? Who could possibly comfort her? But our Lord Jesus said to her, “Don’t cry.” We want to think about why Jesus said this to her. May God help us to hear Jesus’ words, “Don’t cry.” How do you respond when you meet misfortune? In a number of places, the gospel records that Jesus was “moved to the depths of his heart.” Why was Jesus so moved on this occasion? Jesus not only grieved the untimely death of a youth, but he showed the depth of his concern for a woman who lost not only a husband, but an only child as well. The scriptures make clear that God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone (see Ezekiel 33:11); he desires life, not death. Jesus not only had compassion, he also had power, the ability to restore life and make whole again. His touch not only restored life, but brought freedom and wholeness to soul as well as body. By his word of power, he restored life for a boy marked for death. Jesus is Lord not only of the living, but of the dead as well. Jesus triumphed over the grave and he promises that because he lives, we also shall live in him (John 14:9). It is because He died for our sins and rose again from the dead to save all of us who believe and bring us back to the kingdom of God. Jesus’ word has power to raise the dead. May Jesus wipe away all of your tears. May He help us believe and teach his word until God raises young Bahamians into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation! Do you trust in the Lord’s power to give life and hope in the face of misfortune and despair? Lord, your presence brings life and restores us to wholeness of mind, body and spirit. Speak your word to us and give us renewed hope, strength and courage to follow you in all things and to eagerly serve others with a glad and generous heart.