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,