GOD’S HEART BEATS with the pulse of compassion. God’s heart is not hardened toward the plight of the world; it is not callous and cold in the face of suffering. In fact, hard-heartedness, like that of Pharaoh before the Jews in Egypt, is the chief characteristic of those who are ungodly. God’s heart is moist. It is moved by the cries of those who suffer, and it delights in the beauty of creation’s flourishing.
—Frank Rogers Jr., Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2016)
When have you witnessed the compassion of God? Share your thoughts.
Like a parent feels compassion for their children—that’s how the LORD feels compassion for those who honor him.
—Psalm 103:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
A prayer of compassion from Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen
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