Lent 2022 • Week Two Jesus Pays Attention

Friday, March 11th, 2022

“When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, …He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
— Luke 7:13-15 (NIV) —

Bible Reading: Luke 2:11-17

“Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.”
— Luke 7:11-17 (NIV)

Challenge Questions

L👀K Around You

1. Where is there suffering and pain?

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 (NRSVA)

Our broken world is filled with so much suffering and pain. The suffering comes in many different forms; homelessness, poverty, lawlessness, healthcare crisis’, mental health, addiction, and the list grows day by day. From the four corners of the world people are suffering, many of which do an adequate job of hiding. I’m not sure when, how or why the practice of hiding our pain and suffering became the accepted practice with one another. The Bible is quite clear about sharing our burdens, not solving or dissolving them for one another but sharing.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).

I believe we can all do more to help ease the daily struggles of many simply by being KIND. I have found that as a grow in years my patience level with others has increased. I think it’s partially due to my own personal experiences of being impatient. Life is entirely too short to, as they say, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” My “soul-life” is my priority, but just like you I work, so I can have a life to live and pay for things I need mostly and a few wants as well. But, I also work to help ours, both with my time and my finances. I am blessed to be able to work at a job I love, with people I love and share the blessings granted to me by God.

2. How might Christ’s compassion within you move you to action?

Each day granted to me by God Almighty is a day to make a difference in someone else’s life. Eyes wide open 👀 God will lead!

The best advice I would give to myself and to anyone asking would be, I was lost and I was found; Christ saved me and He will save you too. Compassion is a BIG word, it literally means “to suffer together.” (From the Greek and Latin)

Greek: συμπόνια

Hebrew: חֶמלָה

Latin: misericordia

🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻 🔹 🙏🏻

Prayerfully consider one practical way you may help alleviate someone’s pain, ask God to multiple your efforts as only He can do.

Friends — I am honored by you visiting my blog today. May you experience God in very real ways today. Thank you for sharing this Lenten season with me. May the peace of God go with you today and always. ~

~Charlottew, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Bible Verses For Further Study

1 Kings 17:17-24 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Kings%2017:17-24&version=NIV
2 Kings 4:32-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Kings%204:32-37&version=NIV
Romans 12:15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%2012:15&version=NIV
Galatians 6:2 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Galatians%206:2&version=NIV
James 1:27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=James%201:27&version=NIV

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

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