Today the third through eighth graders of our school are participating in the annual SALSA kickball tournament at Beverly Hills. Students are grouped with other kids from other schools for some fun competition and teamwork.
The school book fair continues through this weekend. Stop in the gym this afternoon or Sunday after church.
Sunday, 6 p.m., is the Tim Hawkins comedy show for those who signed up. You should have your tickets by now. Please let me know if you’d like to carpool.
Congratulations to Celeste Houlihan for winning the chili cook-off last Sunday. The Luetzow brothers took second and the Amy Detwiler took third. I hope everyone had fun!
Finally, looking ahead, the next Sunday Funday is November 22. Our Thanksgiving service is Wednesday, November 25, 7:00 p.m., with a pie social to follow.
Those are the highlights. Now, here is today’s devotion:
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
It is hard to know what to say when someone is crying. Are they physically hurting? Are they emotionally struggling? Are they overwhelmed by loss? Even though there may be a readiness to help, somehow the words, “Don’t cry,” seem inadequate.
In contrast to these wanting words, Jesus offered the widow at Nain exactly what she needed. Not only did he say, “Stop crying,” he also provided the reason why she could. It is what Jesus offered this woman which I also need.
In compassion Jesus reaches out to me. He knows my struggles. He knows my frailty. He even knows what causes my tears. Because he knows me so well, he can offer me what will truly help and what will dry my tears. His answer is his undeserved and undying love for me. His love brought him to this earth to be one with me. His love brought him under his Father’s holy law to know my weakness and loss. His love brought him to the cross to suffer and die to release me from the punishment I deserved. Simply put, Jesus loved me so much he became my substitute.
In love he says, “Don’t cry.” Then he assures me nothing will change his love for me. In love he says, “Trust me, I know what you are going through.” Then he shows me how he has endured everything I must endure. In love he says, “Be patient and wait for me.” Then he reveals the good he has planned for me.
For the woman at Nain, Jesus’ love meant the resurrection and restoration of her son. For me, Jesus’ love offers a similar hope. He assures me he will wipe every tear from my eyes. He restores me when the burdens of life become too great. He comforts me and tells me nothing will ever separate me from his love, not even death.
Yes, in this life there will be times when my eyes will be clouded by tears. This is when I need to look through the tears to see Jesus’ great love for me. He changes my sorrow into joy. He calms my aching heart. He even assures me everything will be alright. It is because of his faithful love I can take his words to heart when he says, “Don’t cry.”
Dearest Savior, you know my struggles. You know my fears. You even know what brings on my tears. Remove all these from my life and replace them with your loving reassurance and comforting compassion. Amen.