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A Movement of Compassion

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

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 opportunity to show compassion? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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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  • Jill October 16, 2014, 3:39 am

    Dear faithful UR family – many of you have been faithful in your prayers for the Ebola crisis – especially you, Robert. Well it just got a lot closer to home. The second nurse in Dallas that contracted the virus – she is a former student of mine. Yesterday was quite surreal – finding out about it. The massive press coverage that converged on our school. Turning on CNN and seeing her senior picture on national tv – the very picture that I have in my collection of former students pictures. And the media just frustrates me – very little information is being given out about Amber – and perhaps that isn’t the media’s fault. But her condition does not sound good.
    Father – this and all situations are in Your control and in Your plan. And while I am grateful that You are in control – it remains difficult. Father – for everyone’s sake – gift researchers the ability to have a break through with this virus. There is panic – to some extent – here in NE Ohio. People are afraid. Father – is this a sign of the end times? Help me to remain level-headed. Grant all of us educators discernment as we speak with our students. Help us to be cautious. I will trust in You.

  • Betsy October 16, 2014, 5:57 am

    This scare has been on my mind and heart, and you have just broght it close, Jill, in a concrete way! I am so sorry to hear about your former student. I feel so helpless as to a way we can step out in some way and show compassion for those affected by this terrible disease. I just continue to pray for healing for the sick, wisdom and strength for the healthcare workers on the frontlines and those policiy makers who are struggling to get ahead of this event in a postive way in our country.

    You must be so proud of Amber for choosing the nursing profession. I am reminded through this crisis how the nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals put themselves out there everyday in risky situations to themselves and others. They do it with grace and compassion. I pray for all those in this field today. Please keep us posted, Jill, on your friend.

  • robert moeller October 16, 2014, 7:25 am

    Before I read the posts from Jill and Betsy this line from today’s reflection was the first thing I wanted to post. ” May you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.” Yes, I pray for Jill’s former student Amber, for all with Ebola, for those who risk their lives to help Ebola patients, and for the families and friends of those with the terrible disease.

    I have a long time friend who lives near Dallas and once worked in a hospital’s medical library.

    With an interest in history it reminds me of the influenza of 1918, the fever in Philadelphia during the late 1700s, and the bubonic plague in Europe. In every situation people put themselves on the line trying to help those who were sick. Lord, every one of us needs You 24/7 in today’s terminology. Lord, help all of us be your instruments to heal this broken world.Bring the wisdom of health centers who have helped Ebola patients to Dallas and all hospitals. Thank You Lord. Amen.

    I pray too for broken relationships, Lord. Your guidance and wisdom is very much needed. Empower us, once we understand what You would have us do, to reconcile broken relationships in a way that pleases You. In Your name I pray, Lord. Amen.

  • Andrea October 16, 2014, 8:06 am

    I pray for Amber and all the nurses and other hospital workers, doctors, laboraory staff, housekeeping, and so many others, who are caring for Ebola patients, and for their families and friends. I give thanks for their ciurage and coompassion. I pray for Jill, may she be comforted and know Your security. May affected communities be protected by the close monitoring of those who were exposed. I pray that world leaders, public health experts and medical researchers will come together in concert to implement better, safer systems and quickly find the medicines and vaccines to stop Ebola. Loving God, You are ever-present to us and You call us to trust You, to give our fears to You in dark times, to serve You, to care for ourselves and our neighbors with compassion. You take our hand and walk with us. Thank You for the blessings of this day. Amen.

    • Andrea October 16, 2014, 8:47 am

      I pray also for Nina Pham, the first nurse to come down with Ebola. May she and Amber both make full recoveries, as well as other nurses and hospital staff who may contract Ebola.

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