I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat” (Mk 8:2, NIV84).
For many, gathering during the holidays is a joyous time. For one family, such was the case until the unimaginable occurred on Christmas Day of 2011.
The family—a husband and wife in particular—were opening their hearts to Christ. I and two other area pastors were ministering to them through Bible study, hospitals calls—you name it. We were trying to reach them in every way we could. And then it happened…
Two of their daughters, and their families, were caravanning to the Silver Valley to celebrate the holiday. While trying to pass on a two lane road, one of their vehicles was hit head-on by semi. Inside the smashed car were three granddaughters; two died on the scene.
Making matters worse, the husband was dying of cancer and the wife plagued with brain tumors. If that’s not enough travail, a week early another grandchild died while under psychological care.
Their whole world crashed-in, and their nascent faith waned. Nothing else mattered in that moment but having compassion on the family. The churches rallied, serving as Jesus’ hands and love. In time, they weathered the storm and their faith grew—in small part because the church loved them with unending compassion.
When nothing else is left, your compassion can speak love’s precious name in ways that nothing else can.
Have compassion—it can mean the world to another in need of God’s love.
Pray: God, help us be compassionate as Jesus was compassionate—being your love to those in need.
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