CompassionNew Every Morning | September 27, 2019
COMPASSION LIES AT THE HEART of the authentic Christ-following life. Any spiritual experience – whether it be one of solitude and silence, prayer and fasting, or worship and celebration – that does not result in a deeper concern for our suffering neighbors can hardly be called Christian. The critical test of relationship with the Holy One always involves the quality of our love for those around us. If our communion with God isolates us from the painful realities of our world, inoculates us into an excessive preoccupation with our own well-being, it must be considered suspect. If, on the other hand, it finds expression in greater compassion and a willingness to show care, then it passes the test for genuineness. This authenticity test surfaces when we ponder the words and deeds of Jesus. Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan in this regard. A traveler in his way from Jerusalem to Jericho is mugged and left to die at the side of the road. Soon afterward a priest comes by and then a Levite, both of whom pass by without response. Finally a Samaritan stops, bandages the injured man’s wounds, helps him onto his donkey, and takes him to a nearby inn where he continues to take care of him. Jesus ends the parable with a straightforward challenge to the listening lawyer, “Go and do likewise.”
—Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2005)
Where are opportunities in your life to “Go and do likewise”? Share your thoughts.
“How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them — they are more than the sand; I come to the end — I am still with you.”
—Psalm 139:17-18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the eyes to see when others hurt, the ears to hear when others cry, and the courage to bring light into their darkness.
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As Christians I think we are overwhelmed by opportunities for compassion, at least I feel that way. I advocate, vote, donate, serve, volunteer and feel there is much more to do, and there is.
Today is a much anticipated day, an adventure through unknown territory, NH is quite new to me, on my way to Palmer MA, a town that once had seven railroads. Looks like good weather. Prayers for a safe journey.
Hope to be with you again tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful day, you are in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.
Compassion for others is something that does not come naturally. I think the Holy Spirit touches my life and enables me to show compassion because you can feel compassionate for others but it is in doing we show it.
Ah yes and therin lies the rub, for me at least. Although I readily and naturally feel compassion, I am indicted by Georgine’s words that we show it in doing something with that compassion. Allowing us to move into action is the essence of Christian compassion. I know I am doing this at times. Yesterday a friend related her ongoing problems from a dire medical emergency and I listened and gave her a hug. I gave to our animal shelter after it received an onslaught of animals following a hoading situation raid. I am accumulating items (cleaning out cupboards and closets, etc) with the goal of giving the items to the Women’s Shelter. But I volunteer no where on a regular basis because who wants someone who is not available year round. Megan and I used to volunteer preparing meals for Meals on Wheels and we both miss it.
Prayers for Robert, may his travels be safe and may he see many new sights and make many new friends.
Shouts of glee and rejoicing, Connie posted! I, for one, missed your fun posts immensely. So glad to know you are dealing with your health concerns and they are improving. Loved the updates on your hummers and flowers. I missed you and love you dearly. May yoour recovery be steady and sure.
Prayers for Jill and the pain of so many she loves and cares about. May she find times of rest and solace to recharge so that she does not become mired in the doing for others and lose herself and become compassion fatigued.
Prayers for Mary who so readily gives of herself always and is an example for others of God’s love.
Prayers for April, BJ, Betsy and Lou.
Prayers for healing for Andrea and Marcy.
Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR faithful readers and posters