6th May 2020

All in the Same Boat!

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

“Ah yes” said my relation in Scotland, “at least we are all in the same boat!” I thought for a moment, “No” I replied, “we are all in the same storm (Covid-19) but we are all in different boats.” I am not at all nautical, but I do know that there are myriad vessels on the water, from the impressive cruise liners right down to the humble dinghy.

Our circumstances are as varied. Yes, we are all confined to our homes, but some have no homes—as I write, the government is scouring the streets for the homeless to temporarily find them a room. For many the financial consequences of this crisis will be disastrous. The pressure on families is tough, particularly those without a garden. The need to feed, clothe and educate all in a small lounge is a huge burden. The elderly neighbour who has no-one. Above all, the crushing task of the entire medical staff from porter to surgeon to cope with what besets them. The list could go on, but you get my point. The ‘boats’ are very different.

It would be easy to think that we are all experiencing the same thing – we are not. Please seek the compassion of Jesus Christ. He had absolute power and glory, something we cannot begin to imagine. Using the analogy, Christ’s magnificence before He came to earth would be the absolute envy of Cunard. He gave it all up and died the death of a criminal – for us. Yet He had compassion for all, seeking forgiveness from His Father for us as He died. He will grant us this amazing compassion if we seek it. Isaiah 40:11 uses another analogy, that “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

Let’s not become smug during this difficult time. Ask our Father to grant us Christ’s compassion for our fellow human beings. When the storm is over and the ‘boats’ are berthed, let’s hope the compassion of Christ will remain.

Prayer
Loving Father, grant us your compassion for those around us and beyond, help us to see where we can express it – that you may be glorified.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

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