The Courage to Show Compassion


I was typing away in our home office last night, but still remained within earshot of the Evening News (or “What’s Wrong” as we’ve adopted from a comedian) that my Hubby was watching in the Living Room.  I heard this tragic story of a 6-year-old local boy, struck down by a driver, and left to die after a Hit-and-Run, all while his mother watched helplessly.

Devastating, absolutely devastating.

It easily could have been like the unfortunate throng of tragic stories on the ten o’clock “What’s Wrong”, presenting me with the temptation to feel somewhat depressed. Should you need to ask, but tempted to feel depressed by what? By the reality of “how much worse will the world get before it gets better”, which can leave me listless before bedtime. But it wasn’t. I heard a twist in the story that made me leave my chair and go and watch it become something more.

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Tears rolled down my face as a stark juxtaposition was realized: The cowardice of the driver who sped off as opposed to this young Christian, a complete “stranger”, who stayed present to comfort the little boy’s Mother in what likely was her darkest moment.  As another witness gave him CPR and tried to save his life, this young woman, Mandy, held his Mom and prayed with her…for everything to be Ok…for God’s will to be done…to keep her calm and bring comfort to the family…  One Good Samaritan worked on “the body”, while this other one worked on the soul.

In the grand scheme of things, there was undoubtedly a reason why Mandy was driving a couple cars behind the hit-and-run driver. The fact that she allowed herself to bring the love and compassion of Christ when it was needed most is an act of Heroic Charity.  I wanted to thank Mandy for her “yes”, her witness to be ready at all times to be a light in time of darkness, and willingness to stay, and her unashamed prayer for another human being whose burden has become very heavy indeed. There are no strangers in Christ, and we need not tippy-toe around the fact that people need prayers.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.  Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:8-9

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