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The River – Epilogue

06 Feb
The River – Epilogue

“With what was I moved when I touched your shoulder?  With what have I been moved as we stand here and speak?”  She implores.

There is no hesitation as I answer, my voice is strong, and clear – as I have not heard it yet:

“Compassion.”

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Ever After.
“Yes.  Compassion,” her voice is young and sweet again.

“I don’t know much about compassion.”

“I’m still learning too,” she confesses, “We all are.”

“Really?  You seem to understand it pretty well to me.”

“I still have much to learn – let’s learn together.”  She extends her hand.

Hand in hand we wade the river.
Sloshing along; sometimes surefooted, oftentimes slipping and sliding.
Wading from soul to soul offering water to the thirsty.  Some drink others stare.

Analogy.
Paul, standing on a hill named for a pagan warlord, explained to spiritually parched philosophers:

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” ~ Acts 17

John, after hearing it from the Source, wrote:

” 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
~ Revelation 21

Jesus, to the promiscuous woman, said:

14 Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” ~ John 4

The Spirit and the bride, to whomsoever will, say:

17…Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” ~ Revelation 22

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying:

37…If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” ~ John 7

Cutting the Mustard.
When I started this post I intended to write about a mustard seed.
The Kingdom & Faith were compared to the mustard seed by Jesus (Matt 13:31-32, Luke 17:5-6).  The worth of the mustard seed is not in its size.  Its worth is not in any characteristic it contains, but one.  Not its height, strength, beauty, prosperity.  The sole trait that gives the mustard seed its value is in what it provides to others, and how it quietly provides it – without seeking its own glory, instead bringing glory to its Creator.

A Mustard Tree

As it is with our faith:

“15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” ~ James 2

So it is with our compassion…  Seeing, hearing, and feeling will not change your world.  Acknowledging a need is not enough bring life.  It takes moving with compassion to change your world.

I still have much to learn – let’s learn together.  I extend my hand.

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