Finding Compassion

Josh Wanner40DOW

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”

Psalm 103:13

Compassion, according to the Oxford American Dictionary, is a feeling of pity that makes one want to help or show mercy.

One day as I was watching TV with my grandson, one of those commercials came on showing dogs and cats being abused and left out in the cold to starve. I looked over at my grandson and tears were streaming down his face. He said, “Grandma, how can anybody be so cruel?” He had found compassion for those animals who were hurting.

Working at Crosslines once a week has opened my eyes to the many people who are hurting and struggling through life. Sometimes their struggles are self-inflicted, but most times the struggles are beyond their control. The many volunteers at Crosslines have found a compassionate way to serve in some small way to help those who need help. As sinful human beings, we are to have compassion on those who need help, not just in their physical needs, but spiritual, mental and all forms of need.

Our Lord looks down on us poor sinful beings and has compassion beyond what we can even imagine. He looks at us through Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and sees what we need, and spares us from the punishment we deserve for our sinful ways.

“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:17).


Heavenly Father, thank You for the compassion You show Your children. Thank You for loving us with an everlasting love. We praise You and love You, dear Lord. Help us find compassion for those in need. Lead us and show us ways we can be Your servants.

Daily Reading: Psalm 119:97-128

– Contributed by Jane Stouder