Friday, November 5, 2010


Each Friday my day is blessed by my one on one Bible study with my friend Lauren. We are reading through the book of Luke together and though he had both read it before, it is hitting home as we really delve into it each week. Questions are welcomed, we always share experiences and life stories that are relevant to our study, and we have both found out the great power of a Bible Concordance.

Two week ago we were reading about one of the miracles of Jesus and the Bible describes his compassion. My eyes honed in on that word. What is compassion? According to Merriam-Webster it is sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate it. WOW! After that Bible study I prayed to have more compassion. I felt like I was/am lacking.

God answers prayers, and sometimes it is just by opening my stubborn eyes. Two times during my walks at the UGA track something has happened that really touched me. That made me slow down my pace and pray right there. First, I met a man who was a cancer survivor but had lost two siblings to cancer. He started a conversation and blessed my day all at once. What strength! I didn't know how to help materially, so I prayed for him and his family and their needs. I might never meet him again but he touched my heart.

Then today as I walked I saw a young man, maybe 18 or 19 with a prosthetic leg. The amazing thing to me was that he was running for the UGA track team. Watching him not only live, but trive bought the tears to my selfish eyes and they are still there now. What a story he told me without even one word! Young people are not supposed to get sick. But, I know that it happens and it changes lives. Again I prayed for him and his family and support system and his future.

Ask and you shall receive... God means that and how we cheapen that idea when we only apply it to stuff! Shame on me for doing that too often. However, my compassion is growing and it makes me a better woman and I love that:)

No comments: