Mercy: THE ABUNDANT COMPASSION OF GOD. A Biblical View of God’s Mercy Quality of character of God Purpose-LIFE itself

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Mercy: THE ABUNDANT COMPASSION OF GOD Slide 2 A Biblical View of Gods Mercy Quality of character of God Purpose-LIFE itself Slide 3 Rahamim as Compassion Rehem (singular noun form) means womb or uterus Rahamim (plural noun form) means compassion, mercy and love Rahum (adjectival form) means merciful Slide 4 God IS the merciful One Slide 5 The Threefold Dynamic of Mercy: The Exodus Event Slide 6 Gods first three I Statements I see the misery of my people I hear their cries I know their sufferings Slide 7 Gods next three I Statements I have come down I have come down to free the people I will send Moses to free the people from the Egyptians Slide 8 Threefold Biblical Pattern of Mercy 1.Seeing and hearing suffering 2.Responding with Compassion 3.Acting in ways that free people from suffering and generate life Slide 9 Questions for Reflection and Journaling 1.How have I participated in the threefold dynamic of Gods mercy in my current ministry? 2.When have I seen suffering, felt compassion, and responded in ways that have liberated or brought life to administration, faculty, staff or students? Slide 10 Mercy: THE ABUNDANT COMPASSION OF GOD Slide 11 Compassion: A Philosophical Perspective Slide 12 Compassion as a Virtue The affliction of compassion Not only a felt response to suffering Contains underlying structure of thought Slide 13 Compassions Underlying Structure of Thought 1.Suffering is serious rather than trivial 2.Awakens when we believe a person or community does not deserve such suffering 3.Arises when we believe we could suffer something similar Slide 14 Significance of Awareness of Vulnerability Slide 15 Questions for Reflection and Journaling 1.How have I experienced Gods mercy lately? When has someone seen my suffering, drawn near, had compassion, and acted on my behalf? 2.What serious suffering in todays world evokes compassion in me? Slide 16 Mercy: THE ABUNDANT COMPASSION OF GOD Slide 17 Developing Mercy in Childhood and Adolescence Slide 18 Children Ages 2-7 Magical Thinking Slide 19 Developing Compassion Appeal to Imagination Slide 20 Developing Compassion Appeal to Imagination Assist children in caring for others Notice when they do care Slide 21 Developing Compassion Appeal to Imagination Assist children in caring for others Notice when they do care Help them recognize feelings of others Slide 22 Developing Compassion Appeal to Imagination Assist children in caring for others Notice when they do care Help them recognize feelings of others Help them appreciate and accept differences Slide 23 Notice Compassion in response to Metaphorical Speech Slide 24 Children Ages 7-13 Slide 25 Concrete thinkers Live in linear, orderly, predictable world Want to know about limits Age of Collecting Have a greater capacity to tell stories Children Ages 7-13 Slide 26 Developing Compassion Read books describing people of compassion Slide 27 Developing Compassion Read books describing people of compassion Collect personal items for people in shelters Slide 28 Developing Compassion Read books describing people of compassion Collect personal items for people in shelters Sort and distribute food at food banks Slide 29 Developing Compassion Read books describing people of compassion Collect personal items for people in shelters Sort and distribute food at food banks Tutor younger children Slide 30 Mercy: Response to Expressed Vulnerability Slide 31 Teens and Young Adults Slide 32 Abstract thinkers See all kinds of relations and implications Ask universal questions Detect logical inconsistencies Slide 33 Teens and Young Adults Black and white thinkers Bad things wont happen to me Tremendous amount of physical energy Have strong feelings they want to express Develop important and interesting relationships Slide 34 Teens and Young Adults Highly self-conscious Strong outward thrust Can be immediate and reactionary Can take unnecessary risks Think they can save the world Slide 35 Adolescent Angst Slide 36 Developing Compassion Seeing and hearing them Treating them with respect and compassion Acting toward them with kindness Finding ourselves amazed and delighted by them Slide 37 Developing Compassion Putting them in touch with great suffering of the world Slide 38 Developing Compassion Guided active engagement with suffering Senior Service Programs, Habitat for Humanity Slide 39 Power of Presence Slide 40 Questions for Reflection and Journaling 1.How have you evoked compassionate mercy among your students? 2.How have your students or your colleagues elicited compassionate mercy from you? Slide 41 Mercy: THE ABUNDANT COMPASSION OF GOD