Text: Luke 7:11-17
As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out.
As the story begins, the dead young man, his widowed mother, and the funeral procession are going out of the town gate. Jesus and his entourage are approaching the gate. Why might the gate be important in the story?
Take a piece of paper and create a “gate.”
Consider the gate for a moment. On one side of the “gate” give expression to what the widow and the mourners have left – the death of the young man, and of all he represents to them.
Take a moment or two to be present in that place.
Then take a deep breath, and turn your paper over. Give some expression to what Jesus brings to the situation – compassion, the possibility of new life, and all that represents.
Speak, out loud: “Young man, I say to you, rise.”
Listen to those words. What might they mean to the dead young man in you?
What might it mean to the grieving widowed mother in you?
To whom could you speak those words?
Put the paper in your pocket and carry it around with you this week. Take it out and look at it, and wonder where you living. What does it cost you to stay there? What promise lies there?
– Beth Harrison
“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.