Awakening a Keen Observer

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


One of my seminary professors, I think it was Dr. John Donahue, said that compassion is that turning in the gut of a human. When I looked it up in the dictionary it came up with three other words·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing, com·pas·sion·ates
I had never thought of applying this word except to say for example, that was done with compassion,
What if each day we looked for a way to apply this word in all its forms as nouns? compassionateness (N) "The quality or state of being compassionate." and "deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering." Would the world not be changed? I think it would? Would it change your world?
There is such a need for this attribute just now. This sense that we cannot tolerate any longer the disparities of God's children. We cannot look away because there is no where else to look. We can't close our eyes and expect the world to be changed by our blinking. Blinders no longer keep us from seeing the needs that are straight ahead.
So one by one by one by one we change the world with our acts of compassion. Go and do! I know you can.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

God abides


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