Compassion

Minister Weeping as He Looks Over The Inner city (illustration)

Finding his newly-appointed pastor sta citynding at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city’s tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: “Don’t worry. After you’ve been here a while, you’ll get used to it.” Resp …

William Booth asked the secret of his success (illustration)

The story is told of General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, and the day Queen Victoria of England asked to meet with him. Because she had heard so many favorable things about his work in the slums, she asked him for the secret of his success. “Your Majesty …

Swindoll: How Much We Care (illustration)

Others will not care how much we know until they know how much we care. As one authority puts it: “If I just do my thing and you do yours, we stand in danger of losing each other and ourselves.... we are fully ourselves only in relation to each other. I do not find you by ch …

Franz’s Results of Compassion Tests (illustration)

Harvard University’s Carol Franz used personality tests to determine compassion and sympathy. The subjects: 75 of an original 379 children who were 5 when the study began. Findings:Dads who spent time alone with his kids reared the most compassionate adults.Moms who were most acc …

The Dying Son’s Request (illustration)

The story is told of an Eastern princess, whose child, a lad of a few years, lay smitten with the plague and dying. The mother stood a little distance away, yet forbidden by the physician to approach lest she also perish. As she stood with breaking heart looking upon her child, t …

Peanuts Trying to Cheer up Snoopy in a Snowstorm (illustration)

There is a Peanuts cartoon that shows Snoopy sitting outside in the middle of a snowstorm. He is shivering from the cold. Linus and Charlie Brown happen by and see Snoopy and his condition. They say, “There is Snoopy, let’s go cheer him up.” They go up to Snoopy and say …

Joni’s Ministry to those in Wheelchairs (illustration)

No one is better able to minister to those who are paralyzed and confined to wheelchairs than Joni Eareckson Tada! I’ve told Joni, “You don’t even have to speak. All you’ve gotta do is roll your wheelchair up to the microphone and sit and smile and you minister.” …

Baptist Minister Defends His Bitter Enemy (illustration)

Stephen Olford tells of a Baptist Minister during the American Revolution named Peter Miller, who lived in Pennsylvania and was friends with George Washington. But Miller had a bitter enemy named Michael Whitman, who did all that he could to frustrate and humiliate the good …

C.S. Lewis - Love Your Neighbor (illustration)

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Do not waste your time bothering whether you ’love’ your neighbor act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to lov …

What Made Handel Weep (illustration)

When Handel’s servant used to bring him his chocolate in the morning, “he often stood silent with astonishment to see his master’s tears mixing with the ink as he penned his composition.” And it is related that a friend, calling upon the great musician when in the …