Embrace messy

He [Jesus] had compassion. Matt. 9:36, Matt 14:14, Mark 1:41, Mark 6:34, Luke 7:13, Luke 10:33 – You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36 Filled with compassion, the prodigal son’s father ran to him and embraced him. Luke 15:30

It’s really easy to figure out how our troubles, or someone else’s, are a result of poor choices . Somehow compassion can get linked with excusing, endorsing, or enabling  destructive behavior. Compassion is seldom convenient or and compassionate behavior cannot always be so easily categorized. Crawling out of a bad patch is messy for the person crawling out and for the compassionate people helping.

Lord, hold my arms up and open when I just want to cross them and judge.