Upon my porch of misery
I lie and wait for death.
My cries for help escape me
With every wasted breath.
Those who hear my pain
Evade, avoid, and ignore.
I am too much trouble,
And they want my reward.
Upon the porch is a pool.
Angels are stirring the waters.
The first one to step in,
It will heal that son or daughter.
God sees them walk all over me.
He sees them pass me by.
He sees that I have given up,
And no longer even try.
Compassion brings Him to my side.
He asks if I want help.
I express my desire for healing,
But cannot carry myself.
He speaks His life into me,
And strengthens my soul.
Because He was willing,
I was made whole.

1.22.2022 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: John 5, the infirmed man of 38 years

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Day 13 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called Lent: Remembering the Life of Jesus.

Day 13 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Miracle: Widow’s Son”
Reading: Luke 7:11-17 KJV

Further Study

  • When Jesus saw the widow walking behind her son’s body, what did He feel and what did He do?
    – He felt compassion on her. He raised her son (a grown man, but still her son) back to life.
  • What do you think the people meant when they said, “God has come to help His people” in Luke 7:16?
    – They believed He was a prophet sent to free them from oppression because He could do miracles.


  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Resurrecter. Thank You, God, for having compassion on our pains. I was just looking to see if this was before or after You experienced the loss of Lazarus for which You wept before You resurrected him. Oddly enough, this Lazarus is not in Luke. The poor man named Lazarus who died outside the rich man’s gates, then went to heaven, but then the rich man did not go to heaven and begged You to let poor Lazarus go warn the rich man’s family about the reality of hell but You said no… this is the Lazarus in here.
    And the story of the widow’s son is not in the other gospels. But it must’ve been before You grieved Lazarus (the brother of Mary and Martha) because You did not even meet Mary and Martha until chapter 10. You were able to grieve with the widow just from seeing her pain. Did You remember this moment when You grieved over Lazarus and wept? It’s so amazing, humbling, what we have in common with You. Heaven! Father God! Holy Spirit! We are blessed to have these in common.
  • Prayer: Pray for your church leaders and your neighbors.
  • Remembrance: Whether we feel it or not, Jesus is compassionate towards us in our pain. Thank Him for that and ask Him to be aware of this the next time you are discouraged.
    – Thank You, Jesus, for those very words… “whether we feel it or not.” You are compassionate towards our pain. ❤ Help me to be aware of this the next time I am discouraged, and any time You know I need it. Help my mind to be still and know You are God. Knowing You are the God of peace, giving peace that passes all understanding! ❤ YOUR PEACE! John 14:27  ❤
  • Self-Examination: In general, do you feel that you are a compassionate person when people are struggling? Ponder your answer and ask God to reveal new insight to you about this.
    – I try to be, but I do admit sometimes it’s hard to be there for others either because of my health, or worse. I have had a hard time dealing with emotions since I was young. While I matured and became a people person, emotions that hit home or allow someone power over me are too challenging sometimes. The more emotional someone is, the more I shut down. Even if what they are upset about has nothing to do with me, no matter how severe the situation. I have to leave it all to You, God. Many times You show me that I am not their God. Many times You show me that is the character You made in me for You. You make it clear that I am not their God and to leave them to You. No matter how insincere that comes across to anyone else. Pray! Pray with them (unless You have someone else praying with them)! And leave it to You!

A Kind Act

  • Do something for a family member or friend who is extra busy.


Gifts 2017 #11 Compassion

Christmas Countdown: Compassion is such a GIFT: Sometimes forgiveness can be such a hard thing, or at least a needed repeat to achieve, especially where others have done such harm, with no remorse, and no concern. It is at times like these that compassion can be so much easier than forgiveness… in realizing how much that person is hurting themselves more than anyone, and there is nothing you can do but forgive… have compassion. Thank you, Lord, for your genuine compassion and willingness to forgive… ME! ❤