Compassion that acts like Jesus

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Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:15–16

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

My dear friends, while here in California I have been finishing an online course and have been consumed with papers, reading, tests and responses.  The course is now finished, and I will be back to writing to you in these devotional pages.

I have chosen these passages this morning because of a need in our church.  Burden bearing, as we read, fulfills the law of Christ.  Christ came to show compassion and the very core of who He was showed forth compassion.  Everywhere Jesus went people had needs and no one was ever outside of the realm of Jesus’ care. When we bear the burdens of others we are acting like Jesus.

While it is easy to rejoice with those who have things to rejoice over, the birth of a child, a new job, a clean bill of health, and so on, it can be difficult to know how to weep with those who are weeping.  There are weeping people all around us who just want to know that we care enough to step out of our own world step into theirs and just cry together.

Last night, between 11:00 and 12:00, Steven, the grandson of Barb, died of an overdose.  Many of us have cared for Steven over the years and his death is a great loss to us all.  Barb, Violet, Joey, Bobby, Tony, and Stacey are all grieving deeply.  Tom was at the hospital with them throughout the evening and took Barb home.  This is our opportunity to act like a loving family should act, to bear this burden with this family, to grieve with them over this painful, painful loss.

I heard this morning that they are looking to a Friday funeral.  We, the Grace for Life family, are the family that needs to step up to help prepare with flowers, food, some music, and love beyond love.

It is very strange not being at home. It is a great joy to be with our sons and their families.  Ben’s ordination was true highlight of life.  Bobbi posted some pictures on her Facebook page if you are interested. Having Steven, Justin, and Ben all together for a short time was true joy of life. 

Caleb and Lindsey finally got their Visas to go to China and plan to leave the country November 29th.  The university they have contracted with is looking forward to their arrival.  Do keep Caleb and Lindsey in your prayers for while this is a goal achieved for them it comes with a bitter/sweet element of leaving their families for a year. 

Thank you for your love and prayers for us; you are often in ours.

Have a great day in the Lord,


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