March 2010

Reach out to those in need

Story of the day: Reach out to those in need

A suicidal woman stood on a bridge in Seattle ready to jump. The situation created such a colossal traffic jam that some motorists, caught in the delay, began to curse the woman and screamed at her to jump. She did–and she survived the 160-foot fall into a canal. Many residents later sent flowers and cards to her in the hospital apologizing for what had happened. But some of the angry drivers phoned the local newspaper and blamed the woman for not choosing a less-traveled place to end her life.

People with urgent needs seldom intersect our lives at convenient times. Each situation demands immediate attention, often upsetting our own cherished plans.

Jesus was mobbed by needy people as He walked this earth, and we can learn from His response to them. When Jairus begged Him to come and heal his daughter, Jesus went with him (Mark 5:22-24). On the way, when a woman interrupted the procession, Jesus stopped and took the time to speak a healing word to her (vv.25-34).

Are we willing to reach out to someone in need today? Like our Lord, do we have the compassion to bring help and healing to people who feel hopeless? God grant us the grace to be available to others for His sake today. [DCM. Inconvenient Times. Our Daily Bread. July 11, 2002.]

Quote of the day: Fitzhugh

“Compassion never goes out of fashion.”

Bible verse of the day: Matthew 12:7 (NIV)

“If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that I never get too busy to stop and take the time and reach out to those that are in need. Just as I have been shown mercy by You and others during my time of need, I too wish to do the same. I ask for wisdom in my attitude, words, and deeds so that I may have a heart of compassion for others. Thank You for loving me and sharing Your Grace and Mercy with me.

In Jesus Name I pray,


January 2010

Greatest Act of Compassion, The Cross

Story of the day:  Greatest Act of Compassion, The Cross

There’s a story written by Marion Leach Jacobsen in Crowded Pews and Lonely People, about a first-grader named Billy who had a classmate name Jim. Jim had lost his father in a tractor accident.  Billy prayed for Jim every day. One day as Billy was walking down the stairs at school, he saw Jim and decided to reach out to him.

“How are you getting along?” Billy asked.

“Oh, fine, jus’ fine.” Jim replied.

Billy continued, “Do you know, I’ve been praying for you ever since your daddy was killed.”

The other little guy stopped and looked at Billy, grabbed his hand, then led him out back behind the school building.  Then he opened up.

“You know, that was a lie when I said things were going fine; they aren’t fine.  We are having trouble with the cows and the machines.  My mother doesn’t know what to do.  But I didn’t know you were praying for me.”

Just goes to show us, doesn’t it, how many people are hurting, but don’t feel free to say until we voluntarily reach out to them and show compassion

Quote of the day: Billy Graham

“Now He calls us to have compassion on others, for His sake–to suffer with them, and to point them to the One who suffered for them.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

“Savior I come, quiet my soul, remember. Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss. Lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out.  Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down. Rid me of myself, I belong to You. You were as I, tempted and tried, human.  Your Word became flesh, bore my sin and death, now You’re risen.  Lead me to Your Heart. [Hillsong United]

In Jesus Name I pray,


October 2009

Whatever your Niche, Embrace it!

Story of the day:  Whatever your niche, embrace it!

In a cartoon some years ago a little guy was taking heat from his sister and friends for a newly found “calling”–patting little birds on the head.  The distressed birds would approach, lower their little feathered pates to be patted, sigh deeply, and walk away satisfied.  It brought him no end of fulfillment–in spite of the teasing he took from others.  “What’s wrong with patting birds on the head?”  he wanted to know.  “What’s wrong with it?” his embarrassed friends replied.  “No one else does it!”

If your niche is encouraging, please don’t stop.  If it is embracing, demonstrating warmth, compassion, and mercy to feathers that have been ruffled by offense and bruised by adversity, for goodness’ sake, keep stroking.  Don’t quit, whatever you do.  If God made you a “patter,” then keep on patting to the glory of God. [Swindoll, Charles.  1998.  Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations and Quotes, pg.178.]

Quote of the day:  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 1:12 (NKJV)

“that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so very much for those people known as “patters”.  They are such a joy to be around and offer such great encouragement.  You have gifted them each to have warmth, compassion, and loving kindness for those that they are surrounded by.  I pray that You continue to use them mightily for Your kingdom, that they may know what a great joy they are to be around.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


September 2009

Our needy world may just be next door.

Story of the day:  Our needy world may just be next door.

Jill Briscoe writes:

Years ago, as I waited in line at a local shop, I heard the gossip.  My neighbor’s husband had left her.  The night before he had packed his things into a van and driven out of her life.

I knew my neighbors casually.  when we did speak, which wasn’t often, it was about the weather.  Our subdivision was the type where people led their own lives and neighbors didn’t really get to know one another.

When I returned home, I struggled with what to do.  Should I visit my neighbor, or pretend I knew nothing about her situation and go on with my day?  In my mind I could see her sitting at her kitchen table, alone.  She was in her fifties and the kids were grown.

Finally, I got up the courage and walked over to her house.  When she opened her door, I said, “I heard through the grapevine your husband left you last night.  Can I do anything to help?”

Immediately, she burst into tears and said, “Come in.  Come in.”  I spent the entire morning with her–listening, putting my arm around her, and having coffee.  But it was the start of a relationship.                 [Can a Busy Christian Develop Her Spiritual Life?]

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“Sometimes when we think of a needy world, we think of far away places and masses of people in desperate circumstances.  In reality, our needy world might be right next door.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 10:33 (NKJV)

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.  And when he saw him, he had compassion.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

You have clearly written in Your Word to love your neighbor as yourself.  The question was asked in Luke, “Who is my neighbor?”  Father, Your answer is so clear that our neighbor is anyone that we should show mercy on and take care of, whether they live next door or not.  Father, I pray that my heart continues to soften each day and that my love for people grows into a love that mirrors Your love.  I pray that I deny myself and pick up my cross daily and walk in Your desired path for my life.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,





July 2009

God loves us now!

Story of the day:  God loves us now!

In his book Enjoying God, Lloyd Ogilvie writes:

My formative years ingrained the quid pro quo into my attitude toward myself:  do and you’ll receive; perform and you’ll be loved.  When I got good grades, achieved, and was a success, I felt acceptance from my parents.  My dad taught me to fish and hunt and worked hard to provide for us, but I rarely heard him say, “Lloyd, I love you.”  He tried to show it in actions, and sometimes I caught a twinkle of affirmation in his eyes.  But I still felt empty.

When I became a Christian, I immediately became so involved in discipleship activities that I did not experience the profound healing of the grace I talked about theoretically….

I’ll never forget as long as I live the first time I really experienced healing grace.  I was a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh.  Because of financial pressures I had to accordion my studies into a shorter than usual period.  Carrying a double load of classes was very demanding, and I was exhausted by the constant feeling of never quite measuring up.  No matter how good my grads were, I thought they could be better.  Sadly, I was not living the very truths I was studying.  Although I could have told you that the Greek words for grace and joy are charis and chara, I was not experiencing them.

My beloved professor, Dr. James Steward, that slightly built dynamo of a saint, saw into my soul with x-ray vision.  One day in the corridor of New College he stopped me.  He looked me in the eye intensely.  Then he smiled warmly, took my coat lapels in his hands, drew me down to a few inches from his face, and said, “Dear boy, you are loved now!”

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“God loves us now, not when we get better.  God loves us now, as we are.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:9

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me as I am.  It has been Your Love that has stirred my soul and opened my heart to a world that is in need.  Father, I pray for those that may feel as Lloyd does, loved only when they accomplish things.  I pray that they stop what they are doing right now and see how You love them just as they are and right now.  Father, may they feel Your unwavering Love fill their souls.  I ask that my heart continues to grow for people and that it is filled with the love that You continue to give each and every day.  Let me see others through the heart of Your eyes leading me compassionately and guiding me down Your Gracious path.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


January 2009


Story of the day:  Compassion

    Doug Nichols Shares this story: 

     While serving with Operation Mobilization in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanitarium for several months.  I sensed many weren’t happy about a rich American (to them all Americans were rich) being in a free, government-run sanitarium.  I did not yet speak the language, but I tried to give Christian literature written in their language to the patients, doctors, and nurses.  Everyone politely refused.

     The first few nights I woke around 2 a.m., coughing.  One morning during my coughing spell, I noticed one of the older and sicker patients across the aisle trying to get out of bed.  He would sit up on the edge of the be and try to stand, but in weakness would fall back into bed.  I didn’t understand what he was trying to do.  He finally fell back into bed exhausted.  I heard him crying softly.

    The next morning I realized he had been trying to get up and walk to the bathroom!  The stench in our ward was awful.  Other patients yelled insults at the man.  Angry nurses moved him roughly from side to side as they cleaned up the mess.  One nurse even slapped him.  The old man curled into a ball and wept.

     The next night I again woke up coughing.  I noticed the man across the aisle again try to stand.  Like the night before, he fell back whimpering.  I don’t like bad smells, and I didn’t want to become involved, but I got out of bed and went over to him.  When I touched his shoulder, his eyes opened with fear.  I smiled, put my arms under him, and picked him up.

     He was very light due to old age and advanced TB.  I carried him to the washroom, which was just a filthy, small room with  hole in the floor.  I stood behind him with my arms under his armpits as he took care of himself.  After he finished, I picked him up, and carried him back to his bed.  As I laid him down, he kissed me on the cheek, smiled, and said something I couldn’t understand.

     The next morning another patient woke me and handed me a steaming cup of tea.  He motioned with his hands that he wanted a tract.

     As the sun rose, other patients approached and indicated they also wanted the booklets I had tried to distribute before.  Throughout my day nurses, interns, and doctors asked for literature.

     Weeks later an evangelist who spoke the language visited me, and discovered that several had put their trust in Christ as Savior as a result of reading the literature.

     What did it take to reach these people with the gospel?  It wasn’t health, the ability to speak their language, or a persuasive talk.  I simply took a trip to the bathroom.

Quote of the day:  Walter Tubbs

“Others will not care how much we know until they know how much we care.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 3:8

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to have a heart that is always compassionate towards others.  I ask to see others through Your Loving eyes and to Love them as You do.  Take my heart, since it belongs to You, and continue to grow it into Your likeness that I may do unto others with great compassion.   I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


May 2008

Seeing things as they are

                                                                                                                             Story of the day:  Seeing things as they are

   A leader must have compassion.  Neheimah was such a man.  Alan Redpath writes this about Nehemiah:  “You never lighten the load unless first you have felt the pressure in your own soul.  You are never used of God to bring blessing until God has opened your eyes and made you see things as they are.  Nehemiah was called to build the wall, but first he wept over ruins.

Quote of the day:  Jeremy C. Jackson

“It is a fair rule of thumb that only that love of neighbor which can also draw people to Christ is truly a reflection of that love for God which is its source.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 9:36

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I just thank You that You are so compassionate.  Your way has taught me how more I want to build in this area of my life.  Father each day I pray to have the things that break Your heart break mine as well.  Father continue to teach me and give me wisdom in the areas of compassion that I may share with others.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,