Compassion – what is it? The dictionary definition tells us that it is a feeling of sorrow and pity for someone in trouble, e.g. compassionate leave – a special absence from work if we are bereaved.
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You will probably have seen bread in the shops that has “Seven Seeds”. The seed mix in the packet we have is supposed to contain “toasted brown linseed, toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, millet seeds, golden linseed and poppy seeds”. The poppy seeds are tiny, but show up because they are black, whereas pumpkin seeds are large enough to handle and dark green.
Last Wednesday three senior members of the church met at the bottom of the stairs debating whether to use the ‘Healthy Option’: the stairs..... or the lift, to get to the Oasis meeting. After a very short discussion a unanimous decision was made. We would use the lift.
In Matthew 28, ‘The Great Commission’ Jesus instructs his followers to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
The bible is full of examples of people who led extraordinary lives. Over the summer we have had a series of talks in church about ‘bible characters’, all of whom had supernatural encounters with God which changed the course of their lives. Paul, Ezekiel, Esther…does your life look like theirs?
I am writing to invite every church, chaplaincy, small group and school in the diocese to do something very simple but life changing over the next year.
I am asking the whole Diocese of Oxford to read, study and dwell in the opening words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.1- 10.