Grace? (02.25.11--Compassion’s Garden!--Hebrews 4:14-16)
May I ask you a question? This is what I tell young people when they come to me for marriage counseling. Give it time and the oneness will happen. But, how do you know when you finally get there?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
People rub off on each other. If you stay in contact with someone long enough you’re just bound to catch some of their spirit. Holly and I have been together for over 30 years. When we first met our spirits were dissimilar. But today, after years of sharing and doing things together, those dissimilarities have become less apparent. The thing about it is this: to catch the spirit you need to tune in, reach out and become a part of someone in order to find spiritual harmony. This is what I tell young people when they come to me for marriage counseling. Give it time and the oneness will happen.
But, how do you know when you finally get there?
Here's a story: On May 24, 1962, Commander Scott Carpenter roared into space in a Mercury space capsule. He piloted his Aurora 7 spacecraft through three revolutions of the earth, reaching a maximum altitude of 164 miles. The spacecraft landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 1000 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral after 4 hours and 54 minutes of flight time. Following his return, NASA Administrator Webb presented him with astronaut wings in a ceremony at the Cape. Then on June 5, New York City celebrated his flight with a ticker tape parade and President Kennedy honored him at the White House. In the middle of the White House ceremonies, his five-year-old daughter, Candace, tugged at his sleeve. She wanted to show her daddy the scratch on her right elbow that happened while he was gone. What did he do? Yes, he turned away from the honors, away from the acclaim of a proud nation to give his attention to the concerns of his little daughter. A scratch on the elbow was important to her, and so it was important to him. He and his little daughter were on the same page and it was the most important page to Carpenter over and above all the acclaim and honors. (Ron Clarke)
The Apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). When I read that story about Scott Carpenter, this is the picture that comes to me: Jesus taking His time away from all concerns in His Kingdom, to tend to our problems, big and small. He draws us to Him and guess what? His compassion rubs off on us. I can’t think of anything better to do with that, than spread it around. Reach out to someone today who needs some of Jesus’ love. Give it time and don’t be surprised how thoroughly His love will rub off.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Jesus Christ as our great High Priest to minister to us before You our Father. We can approach Your throne because of Christ. As we are drawn closer to You, we are drawn closer to Your compassion dwelling in Christ. Forgive us when we don’t demonstrate that compassion to other in our lives and please give us opportunities to show compassion to everyone who touches our lives. 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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