Tag Archives: Compassion

A Cup of Cold Water

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. In AD 165, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, a virus brought the Roman Empire to its knees. A deadly epidemic swept across the Mediterranean world.  Historians guess that it was smallpox, making its first incursion into a population that had no immunity.  Whole cities and provinces were abandoned and fell into ruin. … Read more »

Just Be There

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Year ago I heard a presentation called “What Not to Say at a Funeral.”  In the presence of someone else’s grief and pain, so often we feel compelled to say something – anything – that will help make sense of the mystery of this loss.  We want to make the moment easier.  But the following statements are almost guaranteed to… Read more »

Pursuing the One Who is Lost

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  In the cartoon world of The Simpsons, Bart Simpson lives next door to the church-going, Bible-toting Flanders family.  One day the two Flanders boys hop out of their car following a… Read more »

Love is as Love Does

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  Author Joyce Landorf remembers a time she was passing through a crowded airport.  She paused at a gift shop to purchase a couple of greeting cards.  When the clerk turned to… Read more »

Lifeboat 14

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James Cameron’s movie version of the sinking the Titanic is exceptional in that it focuses on a part of the Titanic story that every previous film had ignored: the reality of the hundreds of passengers who were still alive and screaming for help in the freezing waters of the Atlantic long after the ship had disappeared.  The raw numbers of… Read more »