Saturday, March 23, 2019

Compassion


A few minutes before I wrote this, my little two year old granddaughter fell down. I was out of the room and heard the fall, then her crying. As I rushed to the kitchen, I heard her mom, my daughter-in-law Ashlee, say, “Oh, Violet!” When I walked in, Ashlee was holding the nearly hysterical baby, who had a little, bleeding cut by her eyebrow. Ashlee was stellar; she stayed calm and told me where some butterfly bandages were, patched up the “boo boo,” comforted Violet, and settled her in to rest. I managed to help with paper towels, getting the bandage, and wherever else I could, but my heart was beating a mile a minute and I was holding back tears. Even when the whole little episode was over, I nearly cried and I felt all shaky. My son Zach said when he walked in near the end of the scene he saw tears in both our eyes.

Thankfully it’s a small cut and Violet will be fine.

As I think back on how I felt seeing this small mishap involving my little granddaughter, I am reminded of God’s compassion for us. Imagine how he feels when we, his children, are hurt or sad. My human heart was greatly touched. Imagine God’s heart. Thank God for his love and compassion.

I will exalt you, my God the King; 
I will praise your name for ever and ever. 
Every day I will praise you 
and extol your name for ever and ever. 

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; 
his greatness no one can fathom. 
One generation commends your works to another; 
they tell of your mighty acts. 

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— 
and I will meditate on your wonderful works 
They tell of the power of your awesome works— 
and I will proclaim your great deeds. 

They celebrate your abundant goodness 
and joyfully sing of your righteousness. 

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, 
slow to anger and rich in love. 
The Lord is good to all; 
he has compassion on all he has made. 

All your works praise you, Lord; 
your faithful people extol you. 
They tell of the glory of your kingdom 
and speak of your might, 
so that all people may know of your mighty acts 
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 
and your dominion endures through all generations. 
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises 
and faithful in all he does. 
The Lord upholds all who fall 
and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
The eyes of all look to you, 
and you give them their food at the proper time. 
You open your hand 
and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways 
and faithful in all he does. 
The Lord is near to all who call on him, 
to all who call on him in truth. 

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; 
he hears their cry and saves them. 
The Lord watches over all who love him, 
but all the wicked he will destroy. 


My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. 
Let every creature praise his holy name 
for ever and ever. 
~~Psalm 145 (NIV) 

What can I pray about for you?

love and blessings,

Mavis

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