THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Thursday 27th January 2022
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
~ Pema Chodron
Thus has the LORD of hosts said, "Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his neighbor,
and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor.
~ Zechariah 7:9
Thought for the Week - Jacquie Peal.
Soon after we moved into this house, just over 10 years ago, John gave me a bird feeding station but it was not until last year that the birds finally started coming to it! We have tried it in many different positions, including it's current successful location, at least three times before!
Now, though, it is exactly where I can see it best from my arm chair so I am able to spend time watching the antics of all the garden birds, large and small, in comfort. Some of them are so tiny but their loves and angers seem just as strong and passionate for them as ours are for us. I wonder if their anger or love endures as long for them as ours does for us? Some birds do mate for life, so, whatever 'love' is for them, it did does seem that it can last.
I am very glad that human beings are able to experience love that endures - just think what the world would be like if human emotions were as short-lived as a sparrow's - but I think true human love, of it's very nature, has to be enduring for it is through true human love that we get a tiny glimpse into the nature of God's unshakeable "perfect love that passes all understanding".
St. Paul wrote, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. ", (1 Corinthians 13 v 7, 8a) and he speaks of human love as the very highest and greatest of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit that God gives to us.
I love watching the birds, especially the small ones, now; I love their funniness, their beauty and their tiny, intense passions, but I am very happy that I am a human-being, not a bird. I am very happy that God has made us able to experience the wonder of enduring human love and, above all things, to be able to experience the beauty, joy and glory of God's perfect love.
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