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A Compassionate Heart

April 27, 2012 by  
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A Compassionate Heart

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion,

kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

Saturdays are turning out to be movie night at the Schneider household.  I go by the library on Friday or Saturday afternoon and grab one or two, depending on our schedule for the weekend.  But it seems like we are all home together most every Saturday night and this weekend was no exception  So we popped in a movie.

It was a choice between an old John Wayne and a newer version, Ruffian, a story of a racehorse.  Everyone decided on Ruffian, I think they are getting tired of my old westerns.  I’ve been on a western kick.  I grew up watching westerns on Saturday afternoon, and there is something so refreshing for me, going back to those times, via these movies.  And I like them because they are good for the boys.  There is some violence, but there is definitely a good guy and a bad guy.  And the good guy is really really good.  And yes, people usually get shot, but we never see any blood, just the body fall down.  It this world of crazy technology, there is just something so basic and good about watching people ride around on horses.

But this night we watched the story of a racehorse.  Although Carson wasn’t so sure he wanted to watch it, he was afraid the horse would die and I assured him that it would not happen.  I should have read up more on the story before I gave him that promise, because low and behold, the horse that we ended up falling in love with in the story, broke its leg in a big match race, and had to be put to sleep.

We were all crying at that point, and I was kicking myself for not knowing more of the story because Carson really got upset.  He has a very compassionate heart, the other day I saw him bury a dead butterfly at the bus stop, while he was waiting for the bus to arrive.  He will steer caterpillars from heading out into the street, moving them back to the safety of the grass.

The other kids at the bus stop will spend their morning trampling ants or throwing caterpillars into the street to watch the cars squash them, but not my little Carson.  Every insect, bug, animal is sacred to him.  He loves them all.

And when this beautiful horse had to be put to sleep, my little son took it personally.  He got up, grabbed his blanket and pillow and headed to his bed.  I didn’t think a lot of it right away, but when I went in to pray with him, I realized he was crying.  And it wasn’t just a sniffle, that little boy was sobbing his heart out for that horse.

Golly, I felt bad.  And I told him I was sorry that I didn’t realize the horse did die, and I promised him that we didn’t have to watch those sad movies anymore, I’d check on the outcome a little better next time.  But I encouraged him that because he wants to be a vet when he grows up, that this could be his opportunity to help other animals, to develop better techniques so that horses won’t have to be put to sleep when they break their legs.  I encouraged him to use this sadness as a goal to become a better person in life, to be even more compassionate to animals and to people and to find ways to help those in need.

God wants us to be compassionate to those in need and I’m so very thankful that spirit is instilled in my little son’s heart.

Father, thank you for the sensitive spirit that you’ve instilled in Carson.  Help him to use it to glorify you! 

I Love You Jesus. 

In Your Name I Pray,


God Bless You!



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Joyce Schneider has been writing for several years. She has five published books.  You can find out more about her at her website A Life Decision .

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