Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 21, 2019

Thursday March 21

Vision for Compassion

Luke 19:41-44

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.’


There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried. - Archbishop Óscar A. Romero


Have you ever experienced the look from someone you love? Not the “you’re grounded forever” look or the “just wait” look, but the “I’m disappointed” look?  Worst look ever.  Because encapsulated in that moment of disappointment is the certainty that they know you have it in you to do better and yet somehow you chose not to.

  1. imagine that is the look God gives us in those moments that we are less than God created us to be. Not anger. Not disgust. But just that look that says, my heart breaks for you because you’re settling for less than I created you to be. And yet…in all of our less than, God still does believe in us. Jesus weeps for us but still chooses to love us.  That's the incredible thing about God, even knowing that we are going to mess up, God still believes we are capable of doing better and doesn’t give up hope. God invests in us despite all of our less than stellar moments. God invests in us and then calls us to invest in the world.

We are imperfect people but we have a perfect God who figures out how to use the best of us even in our worst moments to glorify the Kin-dom and spread God’s love.

Someone once told me, If you knew my past you would stop talking to me about God.  You would know that God talk is for better people then me.  Actually, it is exactly people like us that God chooses to work through.  Our hope isn't found in looking backwards or dwelling on the disappointment – it's in God's belief in us now, in this moment in time for a time such as this.  We can choose not to dwell on our mistakes but instead dive into the truth that God still believes in us despite every opportunity we have shown Her otherwise.  If God is willing to put Herself out there time and again – why don't we?

Questions for Reflection:

  What keeps you from believing God believes in you?

What keeps you from trying again?

If there was one thing you would change in your life, what would it be?

How has your life glorified God, even in your less than stellar moments?