“Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease’.” (Mark 5: 34
COMPASSION. As I thought about this word this past week I wondered what all it means in our lives as we move forward. Forward into the unknown, forward into making a difference for justice and peace in our world. Showing a compassionate heart for others and for receiving compassion so that we might model that more fully to a fragmented and hurting world.
God is the definition of compassion, but for compassion to be truly experienced by us, and sent forth to others, it must involve something that gives it action and moves it forward. That something I believe is FAITH.
We all live our lives in this modern world with varying degrees of fear. It would be difficult to not do so. Much of our world is scary and uncertain and much of our world is so unpredictable. Our lives are not always made up of eliminating fear entirely, but of learning to live with it so that we can exist the best that we can with productive, fruitful lives. Living with fear does not mean we accept that those causes of fear define us or that we must always look for that which brings us fear. Living with fear means that we are receptive to noticing those things that are fearful so that we can, by letting God be present in those situations, begin to see what triggers that fear in us in a way that allows us to move through it and into a greater truth of God’s abiding presence.
Degrees of fear may always be a part of our modern world and our human experience, but living a life that is not always coming from a place of fear, but a place of peace and compassion through the grace of God, can begin to change us, and our world, to a place we can really call home.
So, Compassion, lived through Faith, becomes the action that moves us forward to new understanding of God working in our lives. COMPASSION+FAITH=CHANGE. This becomes for us “A Blended Wholeness” and takes all of our experience, our thoughts and our beliefs, and brings them together so that our fears and doubts are diminished. If we think of fear and doubt as darkness, and compassion, faith and trust in God as light, the blending of our experience can begin to move us from one of despair to one of hope and peace. Adding the Light will always remove the darkness. When we add that Light in our minds, (in all of our thinking) with thoughts of God’s strength, courage, peace, comfort, wellness and compassion, we manifest the beautiful change we desire to experience, and our souls have always longed for. It is then that we realize we are living with one another in the true Light of God’s kingdom of heaven lived on earth as it is meant to be lived.
Affirmation: “I flourish in the grace of God and experience a renewed belief that all is well.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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