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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: August 6, 2017

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost — August 6, 2017

Source of Compassion

Jesus needed to get away. He had just heard about the death of John the Baptist. He sought the solitude of a lonely place, but the crowds followed. When he saw them, he was moved with compassion for them—compassion enough to change his plans so that he could spend time with them and heal their sick.

At the end of the day, Jesus could have called it quits; the disciples were ready to, and with good reason. Everyone was tired and hungry, and there wasn’t a restaurant or store in sight. And, by the way, Teacher, weren’t you looking for a little down time earlier? But Jesus, the source of compassion, gave them a job to do and a direction to go in, so they too could share in his feelings for these people.

Miracle of miracles: the feeding of the five thousand; and it start-ed out because “he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them” (Matthew 14:14).

How many times have we let things get in the way of sharing our compassion? We are tired, we are busy, or we just plain don’t feel like giving of ourselves. “It’s been a long day, Jesus; just send them away.”

But at times our compassion takes hold of us; more correctly, Jesus’ compassion moves us to share of ourselves. Here, Jesus gives us a direction to share our time, or talent, or a word of comfort, for a crowd or an individual. We have a chance to feed a multitude with so little, through our Lord’s help. That basic feeling of compassion can lead us to do things we would never attempt or even dream possible.

John A. Craver Sr., Konnoak Hills Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, January 18 — Psalm 13
Genesis 21; Matthew 7:24–8:4

You are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea. Psalm 65:5 (NASB)

Jesus Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17

Precious Jesus, you call us to be peacemakers in our homes, in our communities, and in our world. Help us to speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning, and hope into hopelessness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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