Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890
Shepherd with a Flock of Sheep
Nuenen, September 1884
oil on canvas
Mexico City, Museo Soumaya
What moves my heart to feel compassion?
The 10,000 people packed in an open boat, refugees from their homes headed who knows where.
The immigrants lined up at the Salvation Army, waiting—patient, stoic—for a box of food.
My friend with cancer who has been given three months to live.
I cannot live their lives for these precious children of God, but I can be a shepherd of kindness, encouragement, welcoming, respect, comfort, and generosity to help lighten their heavy burdens.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34