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Luke 7:12 "Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

On that occasion, as is recorded in our verse of focus, Jesus met a woman who undoubtedly was devastated by her plight. Her situation was critical and desperate

1. She was a widow.

2. She had only one son, who was being carried to his grave.

In biblical times, and perhaps in some cultures today, the death of the husband was a tremendous blow to the family.  In such a case, the widow's best hope for security and survival would have been her son's ability to provide for her. In essence the loss of a husband and of an only son would be the greatest tragedy that the woman could encounter.

As that widow 'looked down the road' to the future, all she saw was poverty, distress and destitution. Her thoughts must have been,  " No husband, no son! What am I going to do?"

Jesus is always present at the right place, at the right time. He is never too early or too late. His timing is perfect. Jesus saw the widow, and felt her pain. He fully understood her situation and was moved with compassion, which is the willingness to be sympathetic.  Whatever situation we face, our compassionate Saviour is always present to provide solace and comfort. 

Sometimes there is no immediate change to the circumstances, but He does not leave us. Rather, He supplies the needed strength for endurance. Psalm 23:1 reminds that the Lord is our Shepherd, and we shall not want.

May we continue to trust Him implicitly. To put our trust in any other will result in failure. Jesus never fails!

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