“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” (Matthew 5:7, The Message)
My grandparents have always been formative to my faith. They would take in and care for sick friends, family, or church members. Meals would be prepared and made before being taken to someone who just got home from the hospital. They would regularly visit neighbors who were homebound. And it was no surprise to anyone when they invited someone who was not able to be with their family at Christmas to our family Christmas breakfast. And the list could easily go on.
They have always been full of care for others.
I like how The Message equates mercy with one who is being “care-full.” Mercy is more than just a feeling or sentiment. It is a practice. It is a way of life. It is something that we do. It is an expression of the grace we have so freely received from Christ.
We live in a time when people are more concerned about themselves, and less concerned about others. One of the keys to sharing our faith with others is compassion. The word means “to suffer with” or to “carry one another’s burdens.” When we have compassion for someone, we do more than just have sympathy. We care for them.
Christ embodied this way of life. When you read any of the four Gospels, you will see how Christ took the cross willingly because he was so “care-full” for all of humanity. Because Christ has given so freely, so we too can give.
Who in your life has set an example of what it means to be full of care for others?
How can you be “care-full” this week and share mercy?
Lord, thank you for your example of what it means to be full of care for others. Guide our feet this week as we reach out to others in a care-full way. Amen.