Our last reflection is from Karen Zotz. You can often find Karen ushering with her husband John.
What does the Bible say about caring and compassion?
Psalm 103:4: The Lord who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.
Psalm 103:8: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.
Matthew 9:36: When he saw the crowd He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Romans 9:15: God says to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
How can we practice compassion and caring in everyday life?
Sharing your Christmas gifts with others identified on the Risen Lord Christmas tree.
Hosting a family that has lost their home in the tornado while they rebuild.
Praying for and visiting the sick and the infirmed.
Providing food to families with an ill family member.
Providing transportation to a person needing to visit the doctor or shop for groceries, etc..
Donating to your favorite charity.
Being patient with your spouse, children and others.
Being a good neighbor during flooding to help sandbag a home and later clean up.
Pulling your colleague out of snow drift and following them to work.
Giving your time at the food pantry while helping participants learn how to use available food items.
Contributing to Risen Lord’s food and paper products for the food pantry.
There are so many ways that we do this every day and it is a great way to share God's love through words and actions.