Grace…forgiveness…kindness…sympathy…generosity…tenderheartedness. It seems like sometimes people with these character traits are cast aside by society as weak or out of place. The fact is these behaviors are what make a community, a business, a church and a family strong and connected. It is focusing on living in this way that encourages others and keeps us from dwelling on self-centered behaviors. This reminds me of bible verses in the New Testament, such as: “…The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” (Luke 10:2) Meaning the number of people hurting, suffering and in need is many but those willing and able to help is few. Prayer and acting with these behaviors and finding the way God is asking you to serve others is a wonderful way to turn towards God and step out in faith on your faith journey. May we all be strong and courageous in showing mercy and compassion to others. Amen.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2014 at a lake place in central Minnesota)