- to not simply react to wounds, but to heal
- to not pass judgement, but to offer mercy
- to not just hear news, but to share God's heart in act (like prayer)
- to do more than give money to causes, but to extend our support
- say "I'm sorry," mean it, or "I forgive you," and find a way of reconnecting the relationship
- see the hurt and the helpers when hearing a siren, and pray
|Jochebed, Yo-heh-bed; Dreamworks and listal.com|
Moses grew up in an affluent foster family, moving from the bottom to the upper reaches of society. He later became an exile, a refugee in a foreign land. He learned more than one language in his lifetime. Moses led those who listened out of obligation, and those who listened in desperation. He learned to listen to God, and rely on God for power (he felt powerless and a poor spokesman), and speak God's truth clearly. Moses may have been one of the greatest Old Testament leaders, and still he failed on his own. There's hope for me! Book of Exodus.
Because of the challenge to compassion and A's great understanding of the basic storyline, we watch the 'scary' parts together now. Infanticide turns my stomach into knots. She watches very intently and we talk about how each person involved felt, and especially what God wants. Someday in her childhood we'll get to the hard parts of the Bible, like when the Israelites occupy Canaan and slaughter entire villages at God's command... For now, stepping into another person's shoes is far more important. That's because Jesus acted with extreme and full compassion; God became human like us, to heal, to offer mercy, and to do what we could not. The Spirit compels me to become like Christ.
|Princess of Egypt, Moses; Dreamworks and listal.com|
Compassion has me thinking hard about:
- the timeline of my losses. Where was compassion? How did I respond?
- excuses I gave (give) for protecting my children's health, versus taking them with me to serve even the most uncomfortable groups of people.
- the people who serve me and my family. What needs do they have?