From Pastor Kristen Larsen
Date: October 27, 2021
com·pas·sion | \ kəm-ˈpa-shən \
Essential Meaning of compassion
: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
Full Definition of compassion
: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
George Washington Carver
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us all in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Yours in the journey,
Sunday, November 7th our worship service at 10am celebrates All Saints Day, when we remember the church’s members and friends who have died in the last year. You are invited to provide a framed photograph of a loved one dear to you who has passed, no matter how long ago. It will be joined with all the photographs displayed on the chancel for our remembrance.
It’s almost time to fall back! Remember to turn your clocks back on Saturday night, November 6th.
Reminder: Crete UMC's Thrift Shop is open Saturdays from 9-3pm