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The Only Son of a Widow (Luke 7:11-18)

Introductory Thoughts

God is a compassionate being. The earthly ministry of Christ repeatedly demonstrated this truth. In Luke chapter 7, the Lord entered into a city only to find that a widow (a woman whose husband died) had just lost her only son to death also.It was a very sad time for this dear lady. The loss of her husband had been hard to bear, but her son was a daily reminder of the husband whose love she treasured so greatly. Yet, now the son too was gone. Perhaps the young man worked to help support his mother, but now she was alone without her husband and without their son. Fortunately for this woman, God is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4). He intervened on behalf of the woman bringing her son back to life. Her tears of mourning (Luke 7:13) turned into tears of joy.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God cares for everyone. He is interested in listening to your prayers. He cares for you when you are sick or hurting. You are important to Him.
  • (For everyone): How do you think Jesus understood the pain the widow would experience in losing her son? (Think about the separation of God the Father and God the Son.)
  • Out of all the things the Lord needed to do, He took time to raise this young man from the dead. Out of all the people who needed the Lord, He took time for a lonely widow. What does that teach us about our great Saviour?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Take the burden of your heart to the Lord and seek His help.
  • Ask God to help youunderstand that He cares for you.