N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

Posts tagged “compassion

Hurricanes…the Victims and Help

As of today, Hurricane Dorian has stayed almost stationary, only moving slightly, while pounding the people, buildings and all on the Bahamas for 45 straight hours. It may continue to move up the Eastern coastal areas of the United States with great concerns for many.  We are totally grateful to the hundreds of workers with their fully equipped trucks waiting to restore power, as needed. These have come from as far as Canada to Daytona Beach, Florida. The Red Cross and other first responders are coming to help.

Keep all those who are suffering today in your prayers while we, in the inland areas, move around mostly in comfort and safety. The bands of rain continue to blast as the hurricane passes.

It is not only the devastation of any hurricane for the humans in the path, but also the animals.  One woman in the Bahamas decided to do something about this. This short video tells of her compassion.

Click for short video. Turn on sound

 Compassion for Animals

If you are one of our readers and not in the U.S. and would like to see what has been happening in the Bahamas, here is another link.

The Tragedy of the Bahamas

 

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Reaching Out Isn’t Easy…but Some Will

Little acts of kindness can go a long way, but how often will someone step out of their own comfort zone to do something that will mean a great deal to others?    Reaching out does not seem to be a strong point for most people.  It sometimes takes courage and certainly takes selflessness.

I read this article recently, written by Bruce Henderson of the Charlotte Observer,  and felt it was worth including in my blog.  Would you have done this?  Rather, would you have just sat in your seat, gritting your teeth, and expecting someone else to take care of the situation?   Be honest with yourself as you answer.

Rochel Groner made a decision that impacted the life of a little boy and many others. Race or religion did not matter or the fact that they were strangers.   She decided to reach out.

Rochel Groner comforts an autistic boy on long flight

“She’s a shy Jewish woman from Charlotte. He’s a little boy, apparently African and Muslim, who was screaming aboard a transatlantic flight.Their July 14 encounter between Brussels and New York made the eight-hour flight go easier for their fellow passengers. The virtually wordless connection – neither spoke the others’ language – also offered a lesson in compassion that has circulated widely online.

by Bruce Henderson

Thank you, Rochel.   You are a special person with a caring heart.  There should be more people like you in the world.

mother and son holding hands

I am reminded of what the Holy Scriptures tell us about a little child. “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” — Mark 10:13-16

 

All acts of kindness:  “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40    …and in doing so, we will feel and know our Savior’s love. 

 

VIDEO:  Voices of children   “I feel my Savior’s Love”

 


Compassion goes the Extra Mile

Judge Lou Olivera and Sgt. Serna

Left: Judge Lou Olivera  Right: Sgt.Joseph Serna, Special Forces

What would make a prominent judge spend the night in jail with a man he hardly knew?   The only answer to that is a compassionate heart for those who have served and served well…but have problems.

Sgt. Joseph Serna  of North Carolina was a Green Beret.  He had four combat tours in Afghanistan as a Special Forces soldier.   His army career had stretched over two decades. Because of a roadside bomb and a suicide bomber, he almost lost his life three different times.  In Kandahar, his armored truck careened into a canal and his fellow soldier, Sgt. James Treber, saved him.

“I felt a hand come down and unfasten my seat belt and release my body armor,” Serna recalled. “Sgt. Treber picked me up and moved me to a small pocket of air. He knew there was not enough room for both of us to breathe so he went under water to find another pocket of air.”  Unfortunately, Sgt. Treber died and Serna survived.

Sgt. Serna earned three Purple Hearts, but returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. This led him to drinking to excess and was picked up for driving while intoxicated.

This event landed him in the Cumberland County, N.C. court of Judge Lou Olivera. The Judge spent numerous times with Serna to evaluate his progress with these problems. Finally after being untruthful about one of his tests, the Judge sentenced him to a day in jail.

Sgt. Serna Special Forces

Sgt. Serna 

The next part is why I am writing this blog because there could be numerous writings on the problems that our Veterans have with stress after serving their country.  Here enters the Judge and his compassion for this young soldier.  Judge Olivera drives Serna to the jail.

“Where are we going?” Serna asked the Judge. The reply was, We are going to turn ourselves in.” What Serna did not know was Judge Olivera had decided that this prisoner would not spend the night or 24 hours alone.  He  decided to spend the sentence with the prisoner.  Judge Olivera is also a veteran of the Gulf War and he was so concerned about Serna that he did not want the isolation to trigger Serna’s PTSD.

As Serna sat down on the cot in his cell,  he heard the door rattle open again and saw Judge Olivera standing before him. Olivera sat down beside him. Someone came and locked the door. This was a one-man cell so we sat on the bunk and I said, ‘You are here for the entire time with me?’” Sgt. Serna said. “He said, ‘Yeah that’s what I am doing.’”

 

“They have worn the uniform and we know they can be contributing members of society,” Olivera said. “We just want to get them back there.”    

judge has compassion on vet

Judge Olivera

(Taken in part from an article by Yanet Yang of the Washington Post)

CLICK TO VIEW SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD

If you or someone you know has these symptoms along with alcohol or drug abuse, seek medical help immediately.  The sooner the help, the better the results.

 


What is kindness….and why are we kind?

To be kind is defined as  benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity,sympathy, compassion, tenderness.  One would think that it would be very easy to be kind.  For some it is easier than for others.  Usually we notice that a person is being kind, generous, compassionate when he/she goes out of his way to do something for another.  It is amazing how much people also go out of their way to be belligerent, condescending, sarcastic, and even ruthless.   Those who fit this description must go to bed each evening with very little happiness.  There is joy in doing something for someone when we receive no credit or recognition.  It is a little secret that we hide within our heart.

I remember when I was in college and had very little money for everyday spending.  I went to my college mailbox and found a white envelope with my name on it.  Inside was a $10 bill with a note…saying “something for one of God’s children”.  That has been many years ago, but I have never forgotten it. Only God knows who sent it to me.

In the Holy Scriptures, Ephesians 4:32 tells us  “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” 

Why do we show kindness or compassion?   It may be because there is a place in each heart, unless it has been hardened, that knows that we are blessed…and there is always someone else who has a life more difficult.  We reach out because in the back of our minds we know that were we in the same place, we would hope someone would reach out to us.

We may be in the right place at the right time to see a heroic deed that goes beyond kindness.  We call those people heroes.  A kind person does not have a name…but the person or animal receiving that kindness will remember even if they don’t know a name.

Make this day a day to show your kindness to “one of God’s children…or small creature .”