Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Concern for the quality of life

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

2nd June 2013

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

In the 1940s a young woman entered Oxford University with little focus. She had no idea what to do with her life. But she soon came under the influence of a colourful professor of English, a writer with a gift, named C. S. Lewis. She became a Christian through much of his influence.

She left Oxford, against the advice of friends and family, and began to study nursing.

After five more years of rigorous training, she was certified as a nurse, and ended up working on a cancer ward in a London hospital.

Gradually, she came to realize that most of the doctors ignored the patients who were deemed terminally ill. As a result she watched many of them die virtually alone.

Greatly troubled she felt that Christian compassion needed to be expressed to these patients in a visible way.

In 1967, Dame Cicely Saunders, opened the first modern hospice in a residential suburb of London in 1967, thereby starting a worldwide movement to provide compassionate care for the dying.

"We have to concern ourselves with the quality of life as well as its length," Dame Cicely declared.

To have compassion on suffering people and have concern for the quality of their life, is a Christian trait because it is the way Jesus related to people.

He had compassion on people when they were sick (Matthew 14:14), when they were hungry (Matthew 15:32) and when they lacked spiritual direction (Mark 6:34).

Dame Cicely took Paul’s words to heart, ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another…’ (Ephesians 4:32) – Will we?


Father of compassion, thank you for the comfort you give to me, please fill me with compassion to provide comfort to others.

Have a good week being compassionate.

Pastor Barry

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