Wiping Tears from their Eyes

 William Howard Taft touched a problem by saying, 275px-Statue of Liberty

“Too many people do not care what happens, as long as it does not happen to them.”

The late David Wilkerson wrote,

“Not long ago I received a letter from a woman who attends our church. She said in effect, ‘Times Square Church needs healing lines, miracle meetings, signs and wonders – like the things that happen on Brother So-and-so’s TV show.’ I want to answer this woman’s letter lovingly and publicly: ‘Dear sister: Let me tell you how you can produce a mighty miracle, a great sign to all unbelievers. There is a mother in our church who is about to be put into the streets with her children. She’s soon to be homeless, and she’s willing to work. Would you kindly take her in and give your extra bedroom for three months? Or simply let her sleep on your couch? Would you feed her while she looks for an apartment? Would you minister to her? Would you lift her out of the pit of despair?” 2

  1 Peter 3:8 tells us to “have compassion” and to “be tenderhearted.” Leo Rosten said, “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be ‘happy.’ I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, and to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” 3

 Jane Addams was on a business trip in London with her father. In Whitechapel, one night, she saw something that made her the servant of the poor. In a crowded street, where meat was being sold for a pittance because it was spoiled, she saw the emaciated, bony hand of a poor woman reach up under a flaring light for a piece of meat. The sight of that hand broke her heart, and then and there she consecrated herself to the less fortunate. Years of tender ministry bespoke the sincerity of that consecration. It was said of her, “She helped God wipe away tears from their eyes.” 4

 

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Reference:

  1. Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, Copyright 1938, p. 132
  2. “The Death of Compassion,” by David Wilkerson, Times Square Church Pulpit Series, February 3, 1997, p. 3
  3. www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/35167
  4. Same source as #1, p. 133