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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 5, 2021

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FRIDAY, November 5

Matthew 14:14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

The word for compassion in Lakota is waunsila, and it is one of our seven virtues or values of life. To have waunsila means that you look out for the poor among you and help out those in need. The word for compassion in Greek is splagchnizomai. According to the biblical reference book, Strong’s Concordance, the word describes something felt from one’s center—a gut feeling, if you will.

From this perspective, what Jesus felt came from his core center as opposed to something that was a thought or from the mind. Jesus didn’t think that maybe he should cure the sick because the crowd might get demanding and unruly and start to riot. He didn’t cure the sick because it was expected or because he wanted to be praised. He acted from the center. Jesus healed the sick with prayer and made sure everyone was fed until filled. This is waunsila. May we all seek to act as Christ, living out this virtue each day.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you act with waunsila today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Hawaii (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | Ezra 7:27-28; 8:21-36 | Revelation 15:1-8 | Matthew 14:13-21

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