“I Have Compassion”
Fill us with your kind of compassion for the crowd that is with us and around us, Lord—the kind of compassion that cannot bear the thought of sending them away hungry and of thus running the risk that they might in their weakness and need not make it all the way home.
Give us an awareness of the resources that we have—resources given to us by you—out of which we might feed them.
At the same time, give us an awareness of the fact that we sometimes are in the desert along with the crowd and so resources are hard to come by; in such times, give us a deep trust in and reliance on you to give us what we need so that we may in turn give it to the hungry people around us.
Fill us with your kind of compassion, Lord, and with the desire and the ingenuity we need to act on it.
“Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?’” (Matthew 15:32-33)