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“We can’t heal the world today but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, and an act of kindness.” – Mary Davis
God is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.
As we witness the gut-wrenching images of desperate Afghans trying to escape the turmoil in their country, our hearts are moved.
As we witness the other gut-wrenching images of people affected by earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding around the world, our hearts are moved.
I do believe that God is near to those who call out, as God is in whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
God, who is love (1 John 4:8), is with us.
This Love isn’t the romantic, mushy kind of love we see in romance novels and movies.
It’s the pour-yourself-out-for-the-other-to-death-kind-of-love that we see in Jesus.
It’s the Love that animates all life.
It’s a Love that is the very air we breathe.
I’m sure if you are open to receiving the peace beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7) that this Love can bring, you can experience it in the depths of despair.
But through Jesus’ example we see that we are called to more than simply “thoughts and prayers.”
Not that I don’t believe thoughts and prayers can help, because I do believe there is something mystically healing about that.
But Jesus calls us to non-violent action.
We’re not just called to be people of peace but to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
We’re called to reach out to those who are suffering.
“Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
When our hearts are moved, it is Love moving them, urging them to spark action.
Sadly, it seems it takes hardships to make compassion come to life.
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