Compassionate Engagement

January 4, 2013

Today’s Reflection

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

From page 112 of A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2005 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where do you see a need for compassion? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Ephesians 3:5-6, NRSV

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robert moeller January 4, 2013 at 3:31 am

Compassion is needed everywhere all the time.

New beginnings are all around us, we are just into a new year, babies are being born, each day is a new one, students are starting new semesters, we learn new things, surgery makes new activities possible, God’s mercies are new every day. We fall down and because of Christ we can get up and keep going. Thank you Lord for the opportunity for new beginnings because of you. In your name I pray. Amen

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heidi January 4, 2013 at 5:30 am

Yes, compassion is needed everywhere, all the time.

But because I cannot be everywhere, this day I choose to show compassion to the octogenarian who is feeling very alone right now.

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Connie January 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

Even before I read Heidi’s comment, I was going to say that society needs to be kinder and more compassionate to our older people. As I have written before, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for “seniors”, and now I AM one! We all need to give our elders the love and respect they deserve. Everyone, God willing, will grow older. We will slow down, get wrinkles, etc., but will thrive with love and caring expressed to us along the way.

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Buzz January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

“What the world needs now is love sweet love” no matter the challenge.

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robert moeller January 5, 2013 at 4:42 am

Heidi, Connie, and Buzz,
Together we are the body of Christ. Thanks be to God.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

Compassion is giving a listening ear to those who are depressed and broken hearted and praying for the person.

Just listened to someone today who is depressed and broken hearted.

May God heal the person emotionally.

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