COMPASSION

COLLECTION

Compassion

Lord when I am hungry
give me someone to feed
when I am thirsty
give water for their thirst
when i am sad
someone to lift from sorrow
when burdens weigh upon me
lay upon my shoulders
the burden of my fellows
Lord when I stand
greatly in need of tenderness
give me someone who yearns
for love
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May your will
be my bread
may your grace
be my strength
may your love
be my resting place

amen
author unknown
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Dear Lord
You have shown us your love in so many ways
now you want to show me even more clearly how much you love me
Knowing that your Father has put everything into your hands
that you come from God and are returning to God
you remove your outer garments
and taking a towel
You wrap it around your waist
pour water into a basin and begin to wash my feet
and then wipe them with the towel you are wearing
O Lord you kneel before me
You hold my naked feet with your hands
and you look up at me and smile
within me i feel protest rising
“No Lord you shall NEVER wash my feet”
It is as if I were resisting the love you offer me
I want to say “You don’t really know me
my dark feelings, my pride, my lust, my greed-I may speak
the right words but my heart is far from you
No i am not good enough to belong to you
“you must have someone else in mind not me”
but you look at me with utter tenderness saying
“I want you to be with me
I want you to have full share in my life
I want you to belong to me
as much as I belong to the Father
I want to wash you completely
so that you and I can be one
and so that you can do to others what I have done to you”
Help us to let go of all our fears,distrust,doubt,and anguish
and simply let you wash us clean
and make us your friend whom you love with a love
that knows knows no bounds
In Jesus name Amen
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Lord we are hungry
unless You nourish our flesh
with everlasting manna

We are naked
unless You clothe us in the fabric
of uprightness

We are poor
unless we grasp
the richness of who you are

We are homeless
unless we envision eternal shelter

We are lonely
unless You show us divine friendship
and our need of neighbor

We are unemployed
unless you give us purpose
to toil after

Lord we are half hearted
unless You spirit us
with your blood stained compassion
again and again
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Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off
in traffic
last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day
and was
rushing
home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and
spend a few
precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested
young man
who
can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college
student,
balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of
not getting
his
student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money
in the same
spot every day (who really ought to get a job)! is a slave to
addictions
that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly
slow through
the
store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring
this moment,
knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last
week, this will
be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you
give us,
the
greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love
with those we
hold dear. Open our hearts not just to those who are close to
us but to
all
humanity. Let us be slow to judgment and quick to forgiveness
and patience
and empathy and love.
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O God, I thank You for my home. Show me how to do all I can to make it a happy place, and how to help the boys and girls who have no homes.
—Catherine Baird
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Save me, O Lord, from selfishness—especially when I am saying my prayers. When I ask something for my self, may I remember all the others who want it as well, and never let me forget the boys and girls of other lands as well as at home who are hungry and lonely and unhappy. So I pray now: God bless all children everywhere.
—Donald O. Soper
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O Merciful God, who answers the poor,
Answer us,
O Merciful God, who answers the lowly in spirit,
Answer us,
O Merciful God, who answers the broken of heart,
Answer us,
O Merciful God,
Answer us.
O Merciful God,
Have compassion.
O Merciful God,
Redeem.
O Merciful God, have pity upon us,
Now,
Speedily,
And at a near time.
—Jewish Prayer for the Day of Atonement
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Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.
—Mother Teresa
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Lord of reality
make me real
not plastic
synthetic
pretend phony
an actor playing a part
hypocrite
I don’t want
to keep a prayer list
I want to pray
nor agonize to find your will
but to obey what I already know
to argue the
theories of inspiration
but submit to your word
I don’t want to explain the difference
between eros and Phylos
and agape
but to love
I don’t want to
sing as if I mean it
I want to mean it
I don’t want to
tell it like it is
but to be it
like you want it
I don’t want to
think another needs me
but I need him
else I am not complete
I don’t want
to tell others how to do it
but to do it
to have to be always right
but admit it
when I am wrong
I don’t want to be
a census taker
but an obstetrician
nor an involved person
a professional
but a friend
I don’t want
to be insensitive
but to hurt
where other people hurt
nor to say
I know how you feel
but to say God knows
and I’ll try
if you will be patient with me
and meanwhile I will be quiet
I don’t want to scorn the cliches
of others but to mean everything I say
including this

Joseph Bayley

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