1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
Thought for the Day: Show tenderness to others
A few days ago, we saw on our neighborhood informational page that a precious little dog was missing in a community a few over. The boys were bored, I was anxious, and my husband was needing some peace and quiet to do some work at home. So, I asked the boys if they wanted to go drive around that neighborhood. When we began driving slowly through the neighborhood, the boys and I looked around each house for some sign of a little white dog. At one point, we drove by the house of the pet owner and stopped to meet her. With tears in her eyes, she explained how the little dog had gotten spooked by a loud clap of thunder and bolted. When the boys and I saw her tears and listened to her voice, our actions changed from a “quest” to find something lost to a “mission of love” as we felt her pain and tears. When we first looked around, we glanced lightly at the yards in the area. When we drove around after talking to her, we found ourselves truly searching the shrubs and plants. I found that I didn’t want to give up but finally had to as we watched the time. Throughout the night, I kept checking into the neighborhood page to see that she had not been found. Even the next day, I prayed for that little dog and for her owner. During mealtime, I heard the boys praying for the lady and her dog. My heart melted each time I heard their prayers. It was late the next day when I finally saw that she had been found and had been returned to that precious lady. My heart leapt as I read the words, “We are so happy”, from the owner. The next meal, my oldest son said a prayer of thanks that she had been found.
“We changed our thoughts from a quest to find something lost to a mission of love as we felt her pain and tears.” I noticed a change in my boys when they met the sweet lady. They truly felt empathy. They both remembered losing our precious kitty before we moved and didn’t want anyone else to feel as they did when the cat was not found. We had to move without him. Even today, their occasional prayers include “Snuggles” praying he is okay. God used the boys’ and my past experience of losing a pet to bring empathy of thoughts when we heard the words from that precious lady looking for her dog. As we go through grief and pain, we grow in our sensitivity and empathy for others.
Prayer: God, thank you for helping us know when someone is in need and for bringing those people into our lives. As we go through each day, help us have empathy for others where we will understand better their situations. Be with us today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those feeling empathy for others