A Movement of CompassionNew Every Morning | July 1, 2021
Our times cry out for a mass movement of compassion. This urgent need coincides with the goal of the Christ-following life, for unless our faith makes us compassionate, it can hardly be called Christian. Following Jesus means moving out of our privatized, isolated, and self-enclosed worlds into a compassionate engagement with our suffering neighbor. As we open ourselves to the pilgrimage experience, … we journey from self-centeredness to compassion. May you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.
—Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2005)
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And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit.
—1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NRSV)
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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Opportunities to be compassionate abound, I wish I could do more, I have to prioritize financial giving. I should expand my service compassion giving of my time and energy.
Thankful for rain and lower temperatures, prayers for those facing unprecedented heat and drought. Prayers and justice for the Native American children and their families after the discovery of burials at former schools. There’s a lot more to do to make sure all God’s children, young and old, are treated by us as they are treated by God. Prayers for the NEM family of faith in your going and and coming in, your rising up and your laying down. Thank You, Lord.
Yes, there are many occasions available to all of us for compassion and I should also use my time and energy more efficiently so that I could be Jesus hands and feet.
Currently Megan needs my compassion as she has been in a lot of pain recently and yesterday it caused her such stomach distresss that she threw up. I asked her if she wanted to go to Urgent Care and we did so after my gynecologist appointment. They diagnosed her with shingles! She is on medication and now is eligible for the shingles vaccine despite her young age. We will need to accomplish this quickly because it is very expensive. Also her dad, Bruce, is staying in his home town another week at least. She is hurt and angry because she misses him. So I will be with her this Sunday and not going to church. On a positive note, my gynecologist said everything looked good and if I don’t hear anything about the PAP test in a week “no news is good news.”
Prayers for Ally to find a job and her and David’s health to improve. Prayers for Jill and her friend, may they restart their golfing trips which both enjoy. Prayers for Lou as she gives so much to friends, family and patients, may she be recharged with private time. Prayers for Robert and his area, may all be safe and well during the storms. We have had some vvery bad storms also and it is still raing very hard. Almost 24 hours now of rain.
Thank you for your prayers and God bless all who visit here.
This Sunday my “crew” will be back at it serving dinner at the homeless shelter. Our “Sunday” is the first Sunday of every month. The last one was March 2020. It will be good to be back volunteering in this manner.
The rain here overnight closed the golf course dad and I were to play. So – it has been a low key day – lots of Wimbledon and some reading. If the weather holds, meeting to play tennis outdoors this evening.
My pictures turned out pretty good and I got the mobile up – right on the edge of my kitchen, over hanging the bar separating my kitchen from my tv room. The photos for the frames in my room look good also. Now just waiting for the 4 big canvas prints to arrive and where to place them.
I hope Megan shingles aren’t too severe, that her treatment will be effective.