Be Compassionate

Sunday, August 25

8-25By Becky Savage, First Presidency

…She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

—Luke13:11–13

A court judge ordered me to train the parents of one of our kidney patients. The court ruling took the baby into protective care shortly after delivery. The baby had multiple physical anomalies and the medical professionals believed the parents could not meet the baby’s needs.

The first time I met the parents the father swaggered in with the mother lagging behind. She was bent over nearly double with her eyes looking down at the floor. She did not rise, make eye contact, or speak. The father boasted he could take care of the child and would get the child’s social security money for his efforts. But he did not follow directions, acted bored, his breath smelled of alcohol, and he slurred his words. After two sessions he quit coming.

The mother continued to come alone and gradually her posture and behaviors changed. She learned to take a blood pressure and temperature, measure medications, apply a special body cast and splints, and to count sodium and protein in foods. By the end of the lessons, she learned to care for her child. In addition, her body was restored to a straight posture and this once mute woman found her voice. She also bravely left the father and found a safe place for her and her child to live.

Jesus compassionately called the woman bent double forward, touched her, and released her from physical deformity. God asks us also to see those burdened by life circumstances. We are to share the message of Christ’s peace and healing touch. Most importantly, our open eyes, healing hands, soothing words, and active feet can make a difference in people’s lives. Those bent double under burdens and oppression can stand upright when healed by our hands serving with healing touch.

Prayer for Peace
God of compassion, may we find those who suffer and share the message of Christ’s healing. May we find those who are voiceless and share Chris’s justice and peace.

Spiritual Practice: Tears of Compassion
Offer a silent prayer for the gift of God’s compassion. Cup your hands and ask God to make you aware of the suffering that causes the earth and its inhabitants to groan and weep. Be open to faces or places, sounds or voices; feelings of connection with those who suffer. Imagine catching the tears of those you see and holding them in your hands. Listen for prayer images or words God may give you. Discern any active responses of ministry or healing you are invited to complete for those who weep.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will listen closely for the nearly voiceless and respond with compassion.

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2 Comments

  1. Rozanne Dowell

     /  25 August 2013

    Beautiful testimony today! Thank you, and thank you Becky Savage for being a kind, compassionate, loving person!   Blessings, Rozanne Dowell

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  25 August 2013

    Your story brought back memories of dealing with families who had a child with cancer and I know that worry and stress can change the posture of all of us. Interestingly I also saw the opposite, where rigidity was so present that parents stood ramrod straight and often looked as if they would shatter if they did not hold themselves together. Thank you for your contribution to Daily Bread. It is a great way to start the day by being reminded to open our eyes to the needs all around us.

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