C Is for Compassion

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB

Lord, you Care;

You are Compassionate.

You Carry us when we can no longer walk on our own.

You tell us to Cease striving and know that you are God (Ps. 46:10).

You can Change us, no matter how hard it can be to give up sin.

You are the

Creator

Comforter

Counselor

Coming king

Conqueror

Chief Cornerstone.

It was a sultry summer day when Sandra’s neighbor called, asking if she and Walter had a new dog. Sandra said they didn’t.

“Well, there has been one camping on your front porch for the past two or three days,” the neighbor said. Sandra and Walter’s front door was never used because they and their guests drove to the back of the house and entered there. She went outside to investigate.

The closer she got to the unsightly animal, the bigger the lump in her throat grew. Bleeding gashes sliced across his head. His eyes were almost swollen shut and running. Blisters dotted his mouth. He was so thin that his ribs showed. As she looked at the starved and bloody dog who looked like he was at least part German Shepherd, she thought, How could anybody ever treat an animal this way?

Her heart pumped faster, and she cried, enraged at the obvious mistreatment. She felt an instant love for the wretched animal and, despite his filth and his wounds, she longed to cradle him in her arms and take care of him. He was black and gray and very dirty, like someone who had been through a fire. Sandra called him “Smoky.”

The dog didn’t move, but he kept his eyes fastened on her as she approached. When she got about three feet from him, he got up painfully and dragged himself away. With effort, he managed to stand up, and she saw that his back paw was hugely swollen and infected.

She tried in vain to coax the dog with food. Despite his obvious starvation, his hurt went far deeper than his hunger. She continued inching closer with portions of food in her hand, trying to gently persuade him that she just wanted to love and help him. He continued to drag himself away. The look in his eyes told her that he was not only starved for food, but also for love. Hoping that his hurt would be overcome by his hunger, she knelt to reassure him that she was not going to hurt him. But she could not convince him because his trust in humans was gone.

Sandra and Walter feared for his survival if he went much longer without food or water. They hesitated to pick him up and take him to a vet, unsure how he would react to their actions. It took two more days of gentle talk and coaxing before Smoky would let Sandra touch him and before he would eat.

Toward evening on the second day, Sandra went to his spot on the front porch to change his water, wondering if he would still be alive. As she approached, his tail twitched slightly. She again talked soothingly and approached slowly. This time he didn’t drag himself away from her, but instead allowed her to pet him, opening the door for a happy relationship to grow between them. Smoky became a devoted friend and faithful watchdog that adored Sandra and Walter for his remaining eight years of life.

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by Barbara Kois

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Barbara Kois is a freelance writer, editor, author coach, and corporate communication consultant. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, and her family moved to Clifton, New Jersey, and then to Illinois while she was growing up. She has three grown children. She has written or co-written eight books.

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