Live Loved

When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

[MATTHEW 9:36]

Let’s Hurt with the Hurting

“What do we see when we see . . .

• the figures beneath the overpass, encircling the fire in a five-gallon drum?

• the news clips of children in refugee camps?

What do we see? “When [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). . . .

Let’s be the people who look at the hurting until we hurt with them. No hurrying past, turning away, or shifting of eyes. No pretending or glossing over. Let’s look at the face until we see the person.”

A family in our congregation lives with the heartbreaking reality that their son is homeless. He ran away when he was seventeen, and with the exception of a few calls from prison and one visit, they have had no contact with him for twenty years. The mom allowed me to interview her at a leadership gathering. As we prepared for the discussion, I asked her why she was willing to disclose her story.

“I want to change the way people see the homeless. I want them to stop seeing problems and begin seeing mothers’ sons.”

Change begins with a genuine look. And continues with a helping hand.

Works done in God’s name long outlive our earthly lives.


Lord, we are surrounded by hurting people who have no hope. They are miserable and lost without your mercy. Forgive us when we turn away from them in careless indifference. May our hearts be broken with the things that break your heart. May we look into the face of every hurting person and extend a helping hand. Teach us to touch desperate lives with works done in your name. Soften our hearts to love others as freely and graciously as you have loved us. Let us be your hand extended, amen.

He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap.

[PSALM 113:7]

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.


“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

[JOHN 15:13]

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