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,