Learning Love and Compassion

Learning Love and Compassion

MPK Kutty

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them from their distress. He sent forth His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.”

(Psalm 107: 19,20)

Greetings to you from Thrissur in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You must have already heard of the devastation all over Kerala caused by the floods . Well, it seems the worst days are over, but the scars remain and it will take quite some time to restore status quo ante.

There are many interpretations why all these miseries happened: man's unbridled greed and exploitation of Nature; God's anger over man's growing sinfulness and defiance of His authority and so on. But the sufferings generated a camaraderie among the people of various castes and creeds, who unmindful of all the differences,came together to meet the tragedy and offer succor to those in need.

Whatever it is, the Lord has proved to man that all technological progress and his wisdom will be insufficient to secure his life on earth, that man needs God's grace. There are many verses in the Bible--probably in other scriptures too,-- which point to the foolishness of man's arrogance in presuming that he is self-sufficient...

“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

(Psalm 33:16)

Our area was also affected by the dam waters and rain . Of course the flood waters came up to a distance of a furlong from our home. And we could watch in fear the onslaught and fury of the swirling waters. However we didn't suffer any loss. Only the power supply was cut off (the nearest transformer almost came under water )and we had to shift from home on that count. We were taken out in a large aluminium cauldron through the waters by local volunteers. They steered us through strong currents of angry waters for  nearly one furlong. And for two days stayed with our relatives in Kolazhy--five kms away (which area was not affected and had power supply).  That was on Saturday. Without power we wouldn't have had water to drink...

And we came back home on Monday. We thanked God on arrival--for petrol was in short supply and there was non-availability of transport. There was no worship service on Sunday as it was not possible for people to reach the venue.

On an ordinary day, when we eat and drink and live the normal life, we take so many things for granted!! Through this event, once more we learnt to appreciate existence and safety!!  I think Nature's fury should teach our vast population, simplicity and contentment; cooperation without a spirit of competition!

Adversity is a good teacher. We suffer in times of adversity and through it we learn to be sympathetic towards those in similar suffering! Suffering indeed teaches us compassion. May this state, nay nation learn the value of love and compassion.