Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons

There is a special connection between mothers and sons. As Jesus encountered a grieving mother in the town of Nain, He performed one of His most miraculous signs by raising the widow’s dead son. This not only brought the son back to life, it rescued this poor woman from a life of certain destitution. It’s not hard to imagine Jesus envisioning His own mother on the day of His crucifixion as He responds compassionately to this hopeless widow. Join us for the first sermon in the Glass Ceilings series as we consider Jesus’ compassion for the least of these and how His actions should set a pattern for our lives today. 

Passage (read it):

Principles (know them):

God’s compassion disregards our status.

God’s compassion transcends our faith.

God’s compassion interrupts our grief.

Practices (do them):

How are you bringing God’s compassion to those around you?

Daily Readings:

James describes good religion as caring for orphans and widows. The Bible is filled with stories, examples, and directives related to widows. This week’s readings focus on some of these passages. As you read each passage, ask the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts, prayers, and actions toward the care of widows within your circle of influence.

Day 1: Luke 7
Day 2: Deuteronomy 14 & 15
Day 3: 1 Kings 17 & 2 Kings 4
Day 4: Ruth 1 & 2
Day 5: Ruth 3 & 4
Day 6: Mark 12
Day 7: James 1

Suggested Resources:


The Hole in our Gospel, by Richard Stearn
Radical, by David Platt

Sermons at

Ruth: A Story of Generous Love (2014)
Glass Ceilings (May 27, 2018)