Returning to the stories of women Jesus "saw"...
In Luke 7:11-16 we find the story of a widow who's only son had died. In those days, this was a tragedy! She now was going to be cast on to the benevolence of society to have her needs met...or not.
The Word says that there were lots of people with her in the funeral procession, but it also makes it clear that she now had no one else to care for her. Well-meaning friends and neighbors get busy and forget...
Jesus could have kept on His journey, but He SAW her and felt compassion for her...a woman other people would avoid because she wasn't their responsibility. He knew why this widow was weeping...every reason why she was weeping and said to her, Do not weep. She probably looked at Him in shock.
But, our Jesus doesn't just say comforting words. He does things that show us His love.
The Bible says that He walked up to the coffin and touched it. The men that were carrying the coffin came to a halt.
Young man, I say to you, arise!
The widow's son sat up and started talking! Can you imagine how freaked out the people were who witnessed the young man's coming alive?! The passage says that fear gripped them all and they began glorifying God.
I LOVE the next phrase - And Jesus gave him back to his mother. Jesus, who saw every aspect of the widow's heartache made sure that she was the first person to hold this young man in her arms. I'm sure she felt as if her heart would burst with the joy of it all. And Jesus did that for her...a woman who just moments before had had no one to care for her...
This same Jesus sees you and me and our struggles and hurts; our weeping...
He tells us, do not weep...because He cares for us! Do not weep and look expectantly for what He will do...our hearts will burst with the joy of it all!
Egg Stuffed Tomatoes
I recently made this for my honey and me for a weekend breakfast. It was pretty yummy!
Recipe found on Pinterest from Give Recipe
3 large round tomatoes
3 tsp butter
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Cut the tops of tomatoes.
Remove all the pulp and seeds inside with a spoon. (It helps if you cut around the rim with a sharp knife first.)
Place baking paper in a baking dish and put tomatoes in dish. (I put ours in a muffin tin. Next time, I will bake them in ramekins.)
Put 1 tsp butter in each tomato and crack one egg in each tomato.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and herb of choice (I used oregano).
Cook for 25-30 minutes or until egg is cooked to your satisfaction.
Serve hot with toast. It would also be good with toast sticks for dipping, if you like the yolk runny.