“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”–Jack Kornfield
“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.”–Dalai Lama
“Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess, yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human.”–Unknown
Has the world lost her compassion? Have we forgotten how to truly listen to one another, wipe each other’s tears and be compassionate to one another? I see so much hatred and evil in our broken world that I truly believe we have forgotten what it means to be compassionate to each other. We so quickly sling ugliness at one another rather than compassionate words.
Compassion is what has helped me through those times in my life when I have been wounded. I can name the people who have sat with me in the silence. I can think of those people who have prayed for me and my family. And it is because of their examples that I find myself knowing what it means to be compassionate and caring to others.
This morning, I sat in a pew and then around a table with former Bible camp counselor staff as we laid the camp secretary for many years to rest. She died suddenly and unexpectedly this past weekend. We laughed together sharing our favorite stories. We wiped each other’s tears. We broke bread together as we remembered her compassion for us and shared that compassion with one another. The love and compassion around that table was palpable.
As I sat around that table, I found myself basking in the glow of these dear souls in my life. I also found myself realizing how much they have taken a piece of my heart as we care for one another in both our joys and sorrows. It is a gift that I won’t forget and it is a gift that I hope that I can freely give to others.
I may not always agree with my friends. I may not always understand why they stand on another side of an issue than I do. But what I do know is that God has called me to love them; to be compassionate, caring and kind to them. And it is because of the love of God and my dear family and friends who help me be seen, known, and loved that I can offer that same love and compassion in my own life.
God is a compassionate being and calls us to follow God’s example of compassion for all in this broken world. “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.”–Psalm 145: 8-9
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