A Stroll At Leisure With God

Compassion for the People

Yesterday, Marilyn and I started making plans for my mom’s funeral. Don’t worry. She actually seems to be doing well. Marilyn says that she is rather slumped over these days, but as far as pain is concerned, she is faring pretty well.

No, there is no physical reason on her part that we did this. It was just the concern that we wanted to be prepared when she passes away—whenever that may be. And we are in no hurry for this to occur.

I have learned in my ministry as pastor that there are a lot of things to deal with as far as funerals are concerned and when people are grieving, it is a bad time to try to handle everything. So, please continue to pray just as you have been doing for her and for us. None of this is easy, as you all know.

On to the passage for today … In Matthew 15, the Bible records Jesus’ second feeding miracle. This time there are 4,000 people. Notice the preface to this miracle: “And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, ‘I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way’” (Matthew 15:32 NASB).

Jesus was motivated to feed the crowd because he genuinely cared for the people and for their safety. They had been with Jesus and the disciples for three days without eating, and Jesus had compassion on them. He did not want them to faint along the road.

Jesus cares for us on very practical levels. Again, instead of griping about stuff (I’m very good at this), I am continuing to learn to thank Him, even and especially for the little things. I’m glad that Jesus provides food for us. I’m thankful for a roof over my head and walls around me. I’m grateful for clothes and warmth. Many in our society today do not have any of these things.

I could go on and on, but Jesus cares about this “stuff” as well.

Thank You, Jesus, for continuing to take care of my mom and us. Help us as we make preparations to get all these details done so that we can continue to focus on her. Thank You for the help you provide Mother every day. Thank You for Your compassion. Amen.

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