Feb 7 2009

A Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches, to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. – Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

Compassion’s name . . .

What does Compassion’s name mean to you? What does it symbolize or represent? Is it a “good name”?

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  1. Feb 7, 2009
    at 5:13 am

    Hi,
    While some organizations care for just one aspect of a child or the community, Compassion goes beyond that. And, Compassion goes beyond caring. I’ve read that the word Compassion means to “suffer with”. Compassion International serves all aspects of each individual child’s life, but you suffer with them. You “mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice”.
    You also allow the sponsors, artists, and advocates to do the same. You allow us to stand in partnership with Compassion in “Releasing Children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”
    When we tell people that’s what Compassion does, we explain that it’s not just a slogan or tagline. But, it’s honestly what Compassion is all about. It’s about taking children and families devastated and surrounded by the darkness and hopelessness of poverty, and showing them hope and love through the light of the world, Jesus Christ.
    That is what Compassion International means to us.
    Thanks, and have a blessed weekend!

    Love,
    Andy and Miranda – In Him

  2. Ken M.
    Feb 7, 2009
    at 7:57 am

    Compassion’s name represents the opening of your heart to a child. After opening your heart, you only desire the best for the child. You are willing to do what it takes to help the child reach a better life or a life that God desires for him/her. It’s a sacrifice that you are willing to make whether or not the child reciprocates and appreciates what you are doing. Being human, at times you may have heartache (why doesn’t my child write, why is my child not succeeding, why was my child taken off the sponsorship list) and think it’s not worth doing but something inside of you urges you to keep showing compassion. Think about how God is compassionate with all of us even though we do things that grieve him. His heart is still open to us. I imagine God rejoicing over us when we reach a milestone the way we rejoice over our sponsored children when they reach their milestone.

  3. Feb 7, 2009
    at 9:19 am

    According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word “compassion” means:

    sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

    I’d say that’s a great name!

  4. Feb 12, 2009
    at 1:07 pm

    How does a name become great? I believe a great name must be earned. Everyone whose name is related to greatness either has earned the honor for themselves, or has inherited it through the accomplishments of others. Perhaps it may be harder to live up to a great name rather than make one for ourselves(?) However, I believe Compassion has successfully achieved both. It has not only earned a great name through the “works of its hands”, but does so through the greatest of all names… Jesus Christ! Something we all need learn to do… all our works through the name of Jesus :) Amen!

  5. Mike Stephens
    Mar 28, 2009
    at 8:45 am

    Barbara’s comment was a slam dunk in my opinion!!! Compassion serves, helps, teaches, encourages, nourishes, strengthens, and proclaims truth to many who are perishing in the GREATEST name ever…JESUS.

  6. Cristine R. Restar
    Sep 29, 2010
    at 6:44 pm

    A good name is more desirable than a great riches.Well i can tell you that god say is more desirable than a great riches.

  7. Emma
    May 25, 2013
    at 7:53 pm

    i had a dog named emma. I really like that name. unfortunately I had to give the dog up. I now have a cat and I would like to also name her Emma. Do you know what the name Emma means?

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