Fresh Hope – 16th May 2018

Just over a week ago, I found myself sitting in A and E after badly hurting my thumb. I was playing in goal at the time with a group of younger guys, who like to prove they can hit the ball as hard as possible. To my delight, I actually saved the ball, but then rolled on the floor like a baby, knowing that I’d possibly broken something. The bad news was that the X-ray showed that I’d fractured my thumb…the good news was that we won!

It’s pretty obvious when you’ve damaged a part of your body, as the plaster cast gives it away. However, everywhere you go these days, there are ‘invisible’ hurts that people are walking around with that no one knows about, simply because they are on the inside and have no bandage to speak of.

Some people’s hurts are broken dreams, whilst others suffer because of the mess they’ve made of their lives. No matter what has happened, and whose fault it might have been, just like the care that I received from the hospital when they looked after me and made sure that I was put on the road to recovery, we too should look after people with compassion and unconditional love.

Hurting people don’t need us to judge and criticise them, they simply need someone to bring them hope and healing.

I’m so glad the nurse looking after me didn’t scorn me for being so silly for playing football at my age; instead, she just smiled and got on with it.

When God created you, He placed within you the potential to have a kind, caring and loving nature towards those who are hurting. If you want to feel that you are doing something useful with your life, then simply open yourself up everyday to having a heart of compassion. Be on the lookout for someone that needs a friend and is desperate for someone to bandage their wounds.

Today, you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s messed up and broken world. Follow the love in your heart. Don’t ignore it. Act on it. Someone needs what you have.

Reach out and help heal someone today.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Pastor Mark

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