In hospitals, some are battling a deadly disease and some are celebrating a child’s birth. In airports, some are weeping because their loved ones are leaving while others are rejoicing because their loved ones are coming home. When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another large group going the opposite direction. They were leaving the city, accompanying a widow in mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.

When we find ourselves on a path of sorrow, depression and despair we also find the Lord meeting us to take us the opposite direction. The trials we go through may put us in various protective shells hindering us from receiving comfort and hope from others; but Jesus is able to break through, touch and heal us. In the midst of our tears when we are unable to call upon His name, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain and is moved with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise up from deadly conditions.

When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed to what they are going through and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!

Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ ”