Saturday, October 7, 2017

"...moved with compassion.."

Today I was reading about compassion 
and recalled a picture from 2008
 on Park Avenue , New York City.
The pace...people scattered.. busy
Ann Voskamp writes speaking of compassion
 in 'The Broken Way'
 "'s key to humanity's survival. Compassion heals
 what condemnation never could. 
Why is condemnation so quick in our veins and compassion so sluggishly slow?
People don't have to be good
 to deserve our compassion;
 it's our compassion that serves good to all people."

Charles Spurgeon said, "If you could sum up the whole character of Christ in reference to ourselves,
 it might be gathered into this one sentence, 
' He was moved with compassion.' "

"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."
 Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

"..steadying strength.."

“Sometimes you don’t know how wounded 
you are until you step out of your familiar ruts.
Until you’ve slowed down,
 until you press your back up against
 the steadying strength of an oak tree ... 
out in some far-flung place and you look up into those tree limbs and realize
 half that tree is underground,
 and you can only see the half rooted in the light. 
That’s when you can feel the wounded parts of you, the underground parts of you,
 how they’ll do whatever it takes
 to keep reaching for the light.
 -Ann Voskamp 

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Life is short.."

"Life is so short ...
Life is so brief 
that no man can afford to lose a day." 
(CHS Evening 9/20)


"When you find a spark of grace in the heart,
 kneel down and blow it into a flame."
(CHS Evening 9/17)

Monday, September 4, 2017

"Every moment- a gift"

"This is all I know now about living:
 Every moment is a gift with each other – 
and every moment we get to be a gift to each other. 
This is all there is." 
– The Broken Way, Ann Voscamp

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"..sift you as wheat.. but i have prayed.."

"Then the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, listen!
 Satan has demanded to have you
 to sift you as wheat.
 But I have prayed for you 
that your faith may not fail.
 And when you have repented,
 strengthen your brothers.” 
Luke 22:31-32 (MEV)

Friday, August 18, 2017

"the hope ...ends of the earth.. farthest seas"

"You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior,
 the hope of all the ends of the earth
 and of the farthest seas,"
(Psalm 65:5 NIV)