The Leader With Real Power And Promise
After forty years of ministry, you would think you have seen everything, but several months ago my wife had the privilege of playing the piano at a funeral. This was not a first, but playing while mourners passed by three caskets was. Even our Midlothian funeral director had not seen this, and it’s still breaking our town’s heart.
A dad and mom with their thirty-two- year old daughter and tiny granddaughter safely sitting backwards in her infant seat were in Grand Prairie coming south down the ramp from the Bush Turnpike to Interstate 20 close to 4:30 PM. An armored car was disabled in the painted areas where the ramp splits between eastbound and westbound. The Honda drifted and struck the stalled vehicle. The three adults died at the scene. The tiny baby was rushed to Children’s Medical Center. She was still in the hospital when Mary played for her mom and grandparents’ funeral, but has now recovering. What an important responsibility her dad has to raise her and I struggle with the depth of his loss.
It’s situations like this that stifle my passion for potential rulers with slogans like “Making America Great Again” or “Making America Whole Again.” What does any of this mean for a dad whose wrestling with such a devastating loss? But there is a potential ruler who I’m getting more and more passionate about. When He campaigned, He needed no publicity teams. In fact, He tried to escape the crowds and no one could ever accuse Him of playing to the masses. What’s so attractive about this man? He’s also the only one who’s ever been on this planet who can do this:
“Now this is what happened next. He (Jesus) went to a town called Nain, and His disciples were traveling with Him, as well as a large crowd. Now as they drew near to the gates of the town, take a look, a dead boy was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, a widow. And a large group of mourners from the city were with her. When the Lord saw her, He was moved with tender compassion, and said to her, ‘Don’t cry.’ He approached and touched the coffin. Those carrying it stopped and stood. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up.’ The young man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all and they glorified God saying, ‘A great prophet has been raised among us. God has visited His people.’ And the word about Him went out all over Judea and all the surrounding area.” Luke 7:11- 17
LORD, I continue to pray for this daddy as he cares for his baby girl and I can hardly wait for You to again express Your tender compassion. It’s time for You to visit us again--the time when You will do far more than You did even at Nain. Even so come Lord Jesus.
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