By Lois Parker Edstrom
Let’s talk about the word “compassion. (Write the word on a poster board or chalk board if available.) Can any one tell us what that word means?
Compassion is the feeling you have when you see someone who has been hurt or suffered misfortunate and you want to help. Compassion is an interesting word because it means more than feeling sorry for someone. Compassion involves action – figuring out what to do to help.
Can you think of people who show compassion? Yes, doctors and nurses who work with sick people. Firemen who put out fires and rescue those who are in danger. Missionaries who minister to people all over the world. Individuals who take care of animals.
There are people who group together to show compassion for others. One group is called Habitat for Humanity. They build houses for people who need homes. Can you think of others? Yes, our churches show compassion for people in need in many ways.
When Jesus was traveling with his disciples he saw a woman whose son had died. He felt so much compassion for her that he performed a miracle and brought her son back to life. No one asked him to do this. Jesus showed us, in the way he lived his life, the meaning of compassion.
Compassion means action. Let’s all get in on the action and do what we can to help others.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, 2008, Richard Niell Donovan