My friend, may I ask you a question? “Sympathy sees and says, ‘I’m sorry.’ Compassion sees and says, ‘I’ll help.’” Is there someone you know, perhaps a neighbor, who just needs a little bit of your mercy today? If we learn the difference, can we make a real difference in their lives?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I take care of a small cemetery in a nearby town. A number of my relatives, settlers in the area, were buried there and I’ve felt a responsibility for cutting the lawn and, in general, just taking care of the trees and markers. It’s a big job and I’ve been doing it alone for some time; that is until just recently. My son volunteered recently to go along and give me a hand. It was a day when I knew that there would be a lot to do since the trees hadn’t been trimmed in many years. I was looking at probably 4 to 5 hours of work. To my surprise, however, Dan and I finished the work in a matter of a little over 2-1/2 hours. It was a hot day and as the work wore on I knew that had I tried to do the work alone it might have been a bad idea. As we loaded up the equipment I thought to myself, “Funny how one man can make a difference.”
When you think about it, however, Dan didn’t really make the difference. His offer to help was great, but his willingness to do the work was what made the difference.
Here’s a story: On a cold night, in Oklahoma City, a trembling man was brought before the judge charged with stealing a loaf of bread. His family, he said, was starving and he had to have the bread. So in desperation, he stole the loaf of bread and stashed it underneath his jacket. “I have to punish you” declared the judge, “I fine you $10.00.” As the judge looked down at the man, he was reaching into the pocket of his pants beneath his robe. He looked down from the bench and tossed a crisp $10.00 bill into the man’s hat. “Here’s the $10.00 to pay your fine” he said, “Furthermore,” he declared, “I’m going to fine everyone in this courtroom 50¢ cents each for living in a city where a man has to steal bread in order to eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.” The hat was passed and the incredulous man left the courtroom with a stake of $47.50. (Author Unknown)
Someone once beautifully said, “Sympathy sees and says, ‘I’m sorry.’ Compassion sees and says, ‘I’ll help.’” When we learn the difference, we can make a difference. Like Dan, it’s your willingness to be the difference in someone’s life that’s important. Talk is cheap–actions attached to those words are the added value God and your neighbor is looking for.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You are the God of glory with awesome power, while also being the God of mercy with awesome grace. While never leaving that power and glory behind, You always exhibit grace and mercy to us, Your people. Forgive us Father when we do not live lives that are examples of both Your power and Your love. We find it easy to judge others when they transgress Your law and so very difficult to take that same moment to not only forgive but bless the transgressor with the grace and mercy you put within each of us by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Open our hearts and minds to others who need us every day but dwell in the silence of their misfortune unable to show us their great need. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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