Saturday, January 23, 2021

Brooks: sympathy

Saturday, January 23, 2021
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
    —2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
    Never let the seeming worthlessness of sympathy make you keep back that sympathy of which, when men are suffering around you, your heart is full. Go and give it without asking yourself whether it is worth the while to give it. It is too sacred a thing for you to tell what it is worth. God, from whom it comes, sends it through you to His needy child.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Sermons, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1878, p. 108 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 8:9; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 9:36; Jas. 1:27; 1 Pet. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You place sympathy for the suffering in the hearts of Your people.
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