Close to the Brokenhearted

Read: Psalm 34       
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey this week has been hard to watch. So many people affected in such a life changing way. Undoubtedly many of those people are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit as David speaks of in Psalm 34. David reminds himself and others that the Lord is near to those who experience trouble and difficulties in life.
David’s reminder is also a reminder for us that we should show compassion and care to those who are crushed and heart broken. We are seeing that in Texas right now and I saw a great example of it last week as well.  This past Sunday the Little League Baseball World Series concluded with Japan defeating the United States, but earlier in the tournament there was a wonderful scene of compassion and care shown by a team from Venezuela.
If you watch the news you know that the country of Venezuela is currently in the midst of a national crisis.  Many people in that country are suffering and the government is close to collapse.  And yet, there in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the Little League coaches and players from Venezuela showed a remarkable display of compassion after one of their baseball games.
The team from Venezuela had just defeated the team from the Dominican Republic when the young Dominican pitcher collapsed on the pitcher’s mound and began sobbing.  Pretty soon the adult coaches from Venezuela went out to console his crushed spirit and hug him in his time of disappointment.  It was a true display of sportsmanship, compassion, and care by the winning team.  Here is a link to the video on YouTube if you would like to watch it.
It’s almost impossible to watch that and not feel good about the way those coaches and players reached out to each other after the game.  It’s a great example of how we need to reach out to others and extend the care, love, and compassion of Jesus to those in need.
Perhaps it is reaching out to those in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, maybe it’s reaching out to a friend or neighbor, or just maybe it’s reaching out to someone who might not be expecting you to do so.  The Lord hears those who are crushed in spirit and brokenhearted and he wants us to do the same.
Make it Personal: Who is God placing on your heart this week to reach out to?  What will you do to share the love, care, and compassion of Christ to that person?  Remember, first you need to receive it for yourself and then you will be able to extend it to others.
Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church