What If That Was Granny?

purse_snatchYesterday, my wife witnessed a purse snatching. To make it worse the victim was elderly and barely able to walk around. As she told me about how the lady hurt the anger boiled up within me more and more.

Our Lord taught us to treat others as we would want to be treated (Luke 6:31). Paul amplified those commands:

3Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:3-5)

The Lord calls us to look out for the needs of others (James 1:27).  We are to take time and effort to make the lives of others better.  Jesus had a compassionate heart that spurred Him to do good things.  If people were hungry he fed them, if they were sick he healed them.  He even tells us that as His disciples we will be judged by our treatment of the poor, hungry and naked.  Compassion is a Christian virtue that would never allow us to steal from or do harm to other people.

My Granny was invalid for the last several years of her life.  She was at the mercy of others for almost all of her care.  I remember the many hours that people spent tending to Granny’s needs.  Fortunately, for Granny and for us most people loved to go out of their way to help her. Much of that is a testimony to the sweetness of my granny.  I believe much of that kindness was good old Christian kindness.  A large portion of people in this nation possess the Christ-like attitude of service to others.  Lets pray that the virtue of compassion and kindness will reign in our lives.

My prayers are still going up for this unfortunate lady who fell prey to the wickedness of an uncaring person.  I hope that someone who loves her like I loved my Granny will care for her during this time.  Perhaps we should all go find someone to be good to.

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