Pathway’s 40 days of prayer campaign runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, March 31. Join us as we unite as a church in prayer. Our theme verse for the campaign is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Starting on Wednesday, February 14, join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we all pray together at 7:14am and 7:14pm. Devotionals and prayer topics will be posted on FB and on our website on a regular basis. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind and heart throughout these 40 days by using #PBCPRAY40 wherever you post!
The meanings of words and how they are used can change over time. Language and words are the bedrock of communication and culture so it is useful to look, occasionally, at the etymology of words in order to gain new insights. The word “compassion” is one such word. We use it today to denote sympathy, empathy, kindness, love, care or concern. However, the original meaning of the word is very different from today’s use.
Without going into too much detail in this short piece, ‘compassion’ is the compound of ‘com-,’ (together) and ‘passion’ (from the latin pati, meaning suffering). Thus, the original use of compassion was, ‘to suffer with,’ or ‘to suffer together.’
Today’s passage taken from the book of Isaiah, is an excerpt commonly referred to as The Suffering Servant. This suffering servant was Jesus Christ who suffered just as we suffer. While He was here on earth, He suffered physically; He suffered temptation; He suffered emotionally; and, He suffered Spiritually. But because He experienced these things He is able to have compassion, in the original sense of the word, when we suffer and in fact, He helps us through those times (Hebrews 2:18).
Today is the day Jesus ate the last supper with His disciples. Take a moment to reflect on the importance of that evening and remember it was compassion, in the newest sense of the word, that brought Jesus to this earth and compassion, in the oldest sense of the word, that assures us He is with us while we are on this earth. May you, too, be compassionate to and with one another!