The scriptures record that, just before raising the dead son of a grief-stricken widow, Jesus “had compassion on her.” (Luke 7:13.) Compassion is an important aspect of Christlike love. It is the ability to feel what another is feeling—and then to help.
Luke 1:And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was with the Holy Ghost:And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed thou among , and blessed the fruit of thy womb. And this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed she that believed
And Mary , My soul doth the Lord,And my spirit hath in God my .
For he hath regarded the low estate of his : for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me …
And Mary abode with her about three months...
"She came to the well at midday, perhaps to avoid the gossipy women who usually gathered there each morning. Her life had not been easy. She already had five different husbands and was now living with a man who she never married. Whatever the reasons were for these failed relationships, she must have suffered a great deal of hardship. She may have longed for a different life but thought it was just too late or difficult to change. However, her life did transform that day. When a stranger, a man named Jesus saw her at the well and asked “Give me to drink?” Blog I quoted this from
Love that wording. "Let her alone". Sometimes we just have to assume that others are doing their best, doing what they can.
Woman taken in adultery
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condmen thee:
go, and sin no more.
This painting I added at the very last, and one sister ened up telling a beautiful story about being in the Temple seeing this picture. She bore a beautiful testimony of Christ making a place for His Daughters, which led to a brief discussion about making room for Him in our "everyday".
"We need to walk more resolutely and more charitably the path that Jesus has shown.
We need to 'pause to help and lift another' and surely we will find 'strength beyond [our] own.'
If we would do more to learn 'the healer's art,' there would be untold chances to use it, to touch the 'wounded and the weary' and show to all 'a gentle[r] heart'"
(Howard W Hunter: A More excellent Way, Ensign, May 1992, 61).
In sacrament, I had this image come to me of that collage I'd made of these women from the scriptures, and then another image came...the faces of the woman in our Relief Society. I realized that I could just as well have taken their photos and made a collage and we could have told their stories, their experiences with the Savior and His compassion, His gentleness to them in their hardships, His patience and love, His "being there" for them, and His tender mercies that have taught them He knows and He cares.
To love as He loved. To show compassion and understanding, to each and every sister.