We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to finger paint. For joy in the process. No matter how messy the result.
Got five minutes? Come and write with us; it’s the best kind of free therapy.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in. You can do that over here.
3. And don’t forget to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
I have to admit, I've been thinking about this post off and on most of the day. The word Crowd.. what does it mean to me?
I asked my lad this morning.. when you think of the word crowd, what does it mean you? My fine young 8 year old said "A group of people listening to someone talk". I thought that a good explanation.
I mentioned to him how my first reaction to the word crowd was to recall a post I did a couple days ago that I still ponder in my heart.
Jesus had learned about John the Baptist dying, he wants to head off to some place quiet, just to be alone, but the crowd won't let him. They follow him and he had compassion on them.
it's what he did.
It too me would be a hard thing to do. To stop wanting what you want in order to just minister... even in that time of sorrow to just say let me stop, let me show compassion to these needy people.
But the more I think of it, the more I see what Christ calls us to and sometimes it isn't that difficult.
Say you're a mom and you are feeling sad and alone and just want to be sad and alone, but then your child falls and hurts themself...you don't stay that sad and wanting to be alone person... you don't turn away from your child.. you pick them up, ,you kiss their owie and you minister to their needs. That's what Christ did you know. He simply saw their need and had compassion on them. Just like a mom or dad would, just like a pastor does when a member of his church needs him. He takes a moment and he turns his heart to compassion.
Let us then today, consider how we can show compassion to the crowd that gathers round us. Doesn't have to be a big crowd.... just has to be the people placed in front (or behind) us. But let us resolve to show compassion... as Christ showed us to. Amen?