Compassion For A Child
1 Peter 1:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
A little girl that lived way back in the Appalachian Mountains was born with her bladder outside her body. The child had been born at home and nothing had ever been done to correct the problem. Her home had no electricity or running water, and she had never been to school. Her name was Amy. When Amy was about six years old, a group of youth who ministered with the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) came to her home to improve conditions of the house. When the youth saw Amy’s condition, they immediately notified their church and Amy was taken to the nearby town for help. Amy had never seen a car or a bus, she was amazed that one could turn on a switch and the room would be filled with light. The most amazing thing to her was a huge train.
“Oh my,” she said, “Wouldn’t that be wonderful to sit in the train.”
The conductor heard her and arranged for her to ride in the train for several hours. IN the dining car, she was awed by the white linens and shiny silverware. The waiter brought her a bowl of soup, but Amy had no idea how to handle it, so she just picked up the bowl and drank right from it. The waiter frowned a bit, but the conductor went over to the table, picked up a bowl, and drank from it, too. When he looked around, all the other passengers in the dining car were doing the same thing.
The desire to be compassionate for a child and making her feel at ease far outweighed the need and desire to do the ’right’ thing.
How well those folks remembered Peter’s words in the third chapter, eighth verse.
Related to me by a youth participant of ASP