Convenient is no match for Compassion

The phone rings and I hesitate as caller ID flashes into view. I don’t have to press ‘answer’. I already know the question. My eyes wander back to the screen where the half-written email waits patiently for the return of my attention. Reaching for the phone now. “This isn’t a convenient time,” I thought. “Say, no. You have to say no.” There’s a laundry hamper brimming with active wear – after all we are busy people. And our fridge is stocked well for a feast, as long as it’s made …

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Christmas is…

When  is Christmas? Oh, I know it’s on December 25th. I know it’s soon, but when is it Christmas for you?  I read an article awhile back that started out something like this. “There’s an old saying that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I disagree with that … and then the author goes on to explain her point.”  The truth is, that old saying is a direct quote from Jesus as written in the book of Acts 20:35.  It is more blessed to give than to receive, and deep in our hearts …

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Love might not look the way we envision it.

What does love look like? Yesterday, in my quiet time I read Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Nothing in that verse says anything about love, but it feels like love, doesn’t it? The path of life … filled with joy … that comes from God – who is the source of joy. “If a person pleases God, God will give him wisdom, knowledge, and joy.” Ecclesiastes 2:26 And …

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Are you compassionate?

I have to admit I grew up hearing the word ‘compassionate’. It was a common word in my house, my father was a pastor.  But I never really thought about whether ‘compassionate’ is a word anyone would use when describing me. I’m going to shock you! I am not a naturally compassionate person. Some of my friends? Compassionate! Individuals who devote their time, money –in short, their lives to rescuing the less fortunate? Compassionate! People who are genuinely sad when misfortune comes to another person? Compassionate! I admire those whose …

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Tell it to someone who cares

Tell it to someone who cares. How often have your heard those words spoken?  How often were they intended to warm your heart and give you confidence? Right! Most of the time, when you hear, “Tell it to someone who cares.” the literal meaning is, “Nobody cares.”  It hurts when nobody cares, especially when we’re hurting. Then there are times when ‘Nobody cares.” is a GOOD thing. It’s Friday – let’s do a little comparison shopping down the Care Aisle.  Let’s put the heavy stuff in the bottom of the …

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