Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Unwrapping Today

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”  Psalm 103:13
I read this verse this morning and found myself reflecting on compassion, what it really means.  A recent study on compassion is helping me to understand that compassion is showing concern and care and love; in action compassion has a strong desire to alleviate the suffering of another.  As I pondered what compassion towards my children looks like God lovingly revealed a few thing to me.  Compassion means to meet them where they are, to show more love towards them when they’re sick and hurting (as they’ve been the last week) and to be kind, doing what I can to help them and encourage them. 
This job as a parent is sure tough.  It seems toughest for me on the sick days, days when there are nasty messes to clean up and foul odors wafting through the air.  You know, those days.  Honestly it’s a struggle for me to be compassionate when they’re sick and it’s gross.  I was encouraged to be more compassionate towards my children, especially when they are sick and need their mom’s tender care.  I think of all the ways my mom cared for me on my sick days, she was always hands on and doing what she could to make things better. 
Fast forward a few hours and God gave me an opportunity to practice what he showed me this morning.  The same sweetie that was sick last week started her day sick again.  Again.  And the disinfecting and cleaning begins anew.  And so does my attitude.  I’m practicing today, practicing compassion and love and tender care.  I’m also grateful, yet again, for the lesson. 
This post has been linked to Chatting at the Sky today.

4 comments:

  1. Some lessons I tend to have to keep learning over and over. Maybe one day I'll get it right.

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  2. I am right there with you. I have that "smelly" sickness at my house today and your verse really gave me some encouragement. Thank you.

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  3. I keep thinking about these things...how my babies will frame their young view of God on what they see in me and Daddy. Now that is humbling. And it makes my job description infinitely more challenging, but it's a challenge worthy of meeting. I want my kids to see grace and compassion in me, along with the other parenting stuff that comes much more easily. Great post!

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  4. it's in these tiny moments that their ideas about love are formed. just like your mom did for you, and mine for me... hope she's better soon. enjoyed! visiting from chatting at the sky....
    www.findingserendipity.com

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