“God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.” Psalm 116:6
Merriam-Webster defines compassion as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Our world needs more compassion.
In the book “Self Compassion—the Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, written by”Kristin Neff, Ph.D., she tells how we begin the process of becoming more compassionate. First, we need to recognize our own suffering by acknowledging our misdeeds. The fact is, we screw up and make poor choices that cause pain to someone else and to our own self-esteem.
Sometimes a law keeps us from moving into action for fear of a legal ramification. My niece Jana is a nurse and wrote a story about a day when she dared to show compassion. Her teenage daughter caused a delay in leaving the house, and while pulling out of the parking lot, an elderly lady fell two feet into a drainage ditch in front of her car. Jana grabbed her work bag with the supplies she needed to clean the woman’s wounds and bandage her. Then, she helped her out of the ditch and to her car.
I’m convinced God delayed Jana to be an angel to show compassion for another human being. We need to dare to be like Jana and be helpful in whatever way possible when someone is in distress or suffering.
Lord, we thank you for being our compassionate God. Amen.