Words from the Heart for Friday June 28th, 2019

As a father has compassion on his children so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;…

Psalm 103:13 (NIV)

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Compassion

When we think of compassionate acts in Canada we often think of EMTs and others who work as first responders. They get to work never knowing what they will be facing during that day, but ready to respond with loving acts no matter what comes their way. This being said, you might be interested in the story of Vancouver’s first ambulance. The year was 1909 and everyone was excited. On its first trip with the city crew, however, it ran over an American tourist at the corner of Pender and Granville. He became the first patient transported in the ambulance.

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Some of us are blessed to have had the dads we did. Mine shoveled the snow off outdoor rinks in Thunder Bay winters so my brother and I could play hockey, never missed a parent/teacher interview, and gave me my first job. He was a quiet, compassionate man and was always taking time for his boys. So I don’t have any trouble relating to how the Bible describes God as it does in Psalm 103:13: “As a father has compassion on his children so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…” God is often portrayed as a father in the Bible, and not just after Jesus, His Son, was born. The picture the Bible paints is of a loving dad who desires the best for his children. He sometimes has to instruct us, sometimes correct us and sometimes push us a bit to get something accomplished. But He never abuses us, never ignores us and never mistreats us. What a blessing that the Lord of the universe loves us like a dad loves his children. In what way has the Lord been like a father to you today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley