"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Responding to Compassion

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

When I think of compassion I see a picture of passion saturated by love…I see the Father. This emotional, relational force that God loves us with disrupts every other force that attempts to dictate who we are. Compassion redirects, refocuses and changes our lives as it washes over us. Compassion draws us to Him; it whispers our name, reminding us of a better place to dwell in.

My response…is surrender. How else can I accept something so rich…something so undeserving? I need to bend my knees and worship…that is the essence of surrender, worshipping the God who showers compassion on me daily.

I made this short video from clips of our vacation in Hatteras, NC. My daughter Sarah was worshipping and dancing Oceanside and to me this captures what I’m trying to say about compassion. Sarah has the right response.

The song is called “Sarah’s Prayer” by Eden’s Bridge.

Blessings,
Jay

Sarah’s Prayer

Look upon my face O Father
I have come to seek You in this place
For I long to give reflection
To the awesome glory of Your grace

Search my soul and heart to see
Traces of my Lord in me

But the blemishes of ages
Fall across my eyes as though a veil
As I stumble back and turn
I realize I could not bear Your gaze

Therein lies the stain of sin
Bowed and broken child within

If I close my eyes completely
Maybe I will see me as You do
Not a broken child, but precious
Someone that You long to be with too

As the truth brings me to tears
Precious Father, hold me here near

This post is part of the blog carnival on Compassion, hosted by Bridget Chumbley. To read more, please visit her site.

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