Saturday, January 16, 2010

Compassion Engaged

Each of us has the opportunity to engage our compassion.  The question is, how we will respond when an opportunity to engage our compassion occurs?

I can remember one of the first times that I was provided with a first hand opportunity to engage my level of compassion.  In 2002, I traveled to Brazil with a group of people, including my wife Bonny (even though we weren't married or even dating at the time) from a variety of churches in order to work with orphaned children who were rescued from the street.  During these 10 days my heart was forever shaped and bent in a new and profound way.  This experience was one of the catalyzing moments for our decision to adopt as a married couple.  As we began to search scripture as a married couple, we stumbled upon James 1:27 and this verse has forever rocked our world.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

With recent world events, the crisis in Haiti has provided us with one of these such moments.  In light of the chaos that is consuming this part of our world each of us needs to ask ourselves one simple question: "What can I do?"  Many different organizations and humanitarian relief projects are well under way, and every little ounce of support helps.  Last night I was made aware of an organization that is receiving donations that are being matched dollar for dollar by a grant from the Canadian government.  Visit Canadian Food for the Hungry International to find out more.

None of us can do everything, but each of us can do something...each of us can play a role...each of us can engage our level of compassion and respond to the situation in Haiti as God prompts us to do so.

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