UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Read Luke 7: 11-15
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion
for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
“A Mother’s Love” was the caption above a calendar photo
of a Ugandan woman as she sat comforting her sick child in
a hospital bed. The tenderness in her face as she gently held
his hand pulled at my heartstrings.
I had also just read the newsletter of a different charity that
told the story of the director of a small school for the deaf in a
South American country. For the first time in seven years he
had begun the new school year with enough food in the cupboard to feed his pupils for a month. Imagine the struggle he
had month after month, year after year, to provide necessities
for the children placed in his care.
Personal stories like these make a powerful impact on us
because we can empathize with real people. Too often we
think about these issues in terms of statistics, which can leave
us overwhelmed and untouched by their impersonal presentation. Jesus didn’t focus on statistics; he cared about people
as individuals, as we see in his compassion for the grieving
widow he met on this
Christ continues to call
us today to have active
compassion for the hungry,
the suffering, the abandoned — by focusing on one child, one family, one lonely
person who needs our love and help right now.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, open our hearts wider to show your
compassion for suffering people by our loving concern and
Hazel V. Thompson (Somerset, England)
Prayer Focus: LEADERS OF CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
Thought for the Day
My giving, prayers, and love
can reflect Christ’s love for
every person God has made.