Discerning the Human Need

THOSE who desire to minister to humanity's need sometimes find it helpful to consider a problem from the standpoint of the patient. One must see the unreality of suffering in order to help the sufferer, but while mentally holding to the absolute truth, it is necessary to deal sympathetically with the human need.

It is related in Mark's Gospel that after Jesus had raised from death the little daughter of Jairus, he "commanded that something should be given her to eat." In the midst of their awe and wonder at having their child restored to them, the father and mother were lovingly reminded of the practical human need "that something should be given her to eat." And again, when the multitude followed him into the wilderness, Jesus said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat;" and although the material supply seemed inadequate, he was able through spiritual understanding to meet their human need. While he was on the cross he thought of his mother's need; and he said to the disciple whom he loved, "Behold thy mother!" And we read that "from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."

The Compound Idea, Man
April 30, 1932

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