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But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. –Psalm 86:15 NIV

November 24, 2023

Compassion Personified

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. –Psalm 86:15 NIV

One day while delivering the mail, I saw a man riding a bike toward me. He seemed obviously homeless. All of his belongings were strapped to his bike in a duffel bag. As he got closer, he asked if I had a minute. My first thought was that he either wanted money, a cigarette, a light, or all of the above. Those were the usual requests I heard from others like him. Yet, I stopped and asked him how I could help. His answer totally shocked me as he said, “Hold out your hand.” When I asked him why, he just asked me again to hold out my hand. So, I held out my hand. He put money in MY palm, $1.50 to be exact. He then explained, “It’s hot, you look exhausted. Go get yourself a coke.” When I told him that I couldn’t accept his money, he just got on his bike. As he rode away, he called back to me, “It’s already done.” I was never so humbled and blessed in my life. I also felt ashamed of myself for judging him. 

This encounter reminded me that God became a human like us so that He might understand our journey. Compassion shares the burden of another. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Today, let us show compassion and God’s love to everyone we meet.

prayer focuses

Lord, help me to be compassionate toward others as you are to me.

Lord, give me eyes to see opportunities to show compassion to others.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.