In both the First Lesson (1 Kings 17:17-24) and Gospel (Luke 7:11-17), widows are walking to the grave and grieving deeply. In their society, the loss of husband and son left them helpless and hopeless. Neither widow could snap out of her grief. Nor could those around them do anything to change the deathly situation. Dealing with death requires the work of God. Only God can handle death. Death has been done in by God! And only by God’s power! When Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you rise” (Luke 7:14), the people knew “God has looked favorably on his people” (Luke 7:16). We are all desolate and helpless in the face of death. We cannot undo it. Sophisticated technology may prolong death, but we cannot do away with it. We may deny it. We may respond in anger. We may even come to accept it, but that does not erase it. The greater reality is that Jesus’ compassion for a dying world has brought us to life again. While we were dead in our sins, Christ died for our sake. Luther reminds us that when we are lowered into the grave, we are sunk deep in our Baptism. Baptismally bound to Christ, we die to sin daily, finally, and wonderfully in resurrection hope. God’s last word to death is life!