Archive for August, 2007

Thinking About Compassion …
August 29, 2007

I’ve seen a lot of suffering lately. The loss some have faced leaves pain that I can’t just sooth and fix with some encouraging words, a meal, or even the truth of God’s love for them.

Compassion: enduring-with, feeling-with, undergoing together.

I think about my frustration in wanting to provide answers and fix things, and wonder if it’s just my way of making sure I don’t get drawn in too far and have to just be there grieving with people, just doing life with them wherever they’re at. I do believe God gives answers and heals us. Job’s friends believed this and dispensed a bunch of “platitudinous advice” which seemed to be all true … His friends were trying so hard to be helpful. I know I do the same.

Please Lord, help me to listen from the heart and be there with people, and not draw away when I realize I can’t wave a magic wand and fix things.