World's procession or Master's footsteps?

A woman, grieving for her dead son, was caught up in a procession of sadness and despair. The Biblical account of this widow of Nain shows Christ Jesus' great compassion in his words to her: "Weep not." Touching the bier, he stopped the procession and said: "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise."And the young man "sat up, and began to speak." Luke 7:13-15. What a wonder and joy pervaded the people who looked on!

Perhaps you, too, are joining a procession of doubt, fear, or insecurity—uniting, as it were, with the crowd or world around you, taking in all opinions and predictions. Yet Christ Jesus gave mankind the rules for demonstrating peace, for stepping out from mortality's processions; he promised hope and freedom to the world. He was the Way-shower, proving that spiritual freedom is present and that divine Love is ever active.

Discontent and discouragement seem rampant in today's world. They would become Pied Pipers, leading us over a tumultuous route. However, Psalm 23 assures us of a far better course to follow: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." Ps. 23:1, 2.

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