Thursday, 4 June 2015



Compassion. Instant pity. This was how the father in the story of the prodigal son felt; how Jesus felt when he saw the crowds of 'lost sheep', people without someone to lead or guide them. And when two blind men sitting by the side of the road called out to him to heal them; .when a crowd was hungry because they had been with him, listening to his teaching, for 3 days.

God has said over and over again, starting with Moses, that he has compassion on his people. He is the Father of compassion.

And so, because of God's great compassion, we can live this way: "...what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

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