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.


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.


Loren said…
What a precious moment between a Father and HIS daughter in worship and praise....

thank you for sharing
JC Dude said…
I appreciate the kind was beautiful to see my daughter dance on the beach.

S. Etole said…
Words fail me right now ... but thank you.
JC Dude said…
S.Etole...than you, I appreciate that you would drop by!
Sarah has just led me into worship. Thank you.
Anonymous said…
Compassion draws us to Him; it whispers our name, reminding us of a better place to dwell in.

I love that, Jay.

The video is lovely as well... thanks so much for sharing it with us!
JC Dude said…
My daughter (and all my kids) often do that for me as well! Thanks.

I appreciate your kind words and for hosting the Blog's so much fun.

Blessings on you both!

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