“Be compassionate”

I Peter 3:8 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”

Dave Branon said in Our Daily Bread: “As the NFL playoff game ended and the Green Bay Packers celebrated their victory over the Chicago Bears, my 4-year-old granddaughter was crying.  That seemed odd, since neither of her parents particularly cared who won the game.  When we asked her why she was crying, she said, “I feel sorry for the Bears.  They look so sad.”

Can we learn something from a preschooler about compassion?  People need compassion.  When we see others struggling with a loss are we willing to shed tears with them, put our arms around them, and offer to help?  A former pastor in New Jersey said he was called to a hospital bedside of a little girl who was dying from a rare disease.  No words came to him.  All he could do was stand and cry with her parents.  That was the comfort the parent needed.

Compassion helps us stand beside another and share their feelings.  An encouraging word, a smile, a card or note may be just what someone needs to help them through this trying time.  People hate going to funerals because they don’t know what to say to the bereaved.  Just being there, your presence, without saying anything is so comforting.  Taking time to be present can lift the heart of a saddened person.  It is nice to know someone cared enough to be there, to share in their difficult time.

Compassion is much needed when someone is discouraged and needs a friend.  God made us social people.  We need one another.  Sending a card or phoning a friend will many times be that which lifts someone up and helps them on their way.

            Lord, grant me a heart of compassion

           So burdened for others’ needs,

          That I will show them Your mercy

          In attitudes, words, and deeds.   –Fitzhugh