My apologies for missing a few days of posting a daily thought. Thanks for understanding!
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Compassion is what God unleashed upon the Hebrew slaves in Egypt when speaking to Moses at the burning bush. Compassion is what God unleashed upon the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Compassion is God’s calling card. I mourn for those who believe God’s compassion, unleashed through Jesus, is somehow meant only for them or whom they deem to be worthy.
When our times come to stand before God I am quite sure we will all be jaw-dropping-ly amazed, including me, at just how far and wide God’s arms expand in their divine embrace and who it is God holds dear. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God, no exceptions, so our faith and trust in God’s grace is our only real hope of being included. Maybe we should all act a lot more grateful and a lot less judgmental knowing that our inclusion in God’s arms is always in God’s hands, not our own.