Day 4: To Suffer With…

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As we are seeking healing in our lives, and to be healers ourselves, I invite a brief reflection on compassion as a path to move forward. 

Compassion, which literally means “to suffer with,” offers a road map for our hearts and for our world.

As the Dali Lama wrote, “Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.”

We would all say that we feel this way, but when we are hurt and angry, when we are wounded, we tend to do the opposite. 

In Phillipians 2:7, we read that Jesus emptied himself. We would benefit from doing the same.

Empty yourself of your need to be right and of your one-sided opinions. Empty yourself of your hurt and fear as it only leads to violence and hostility. Create a space where God can fill your heart with compassion.

Otherwise, how can you possibly “suffer with” another person if your heart is overflowing with negative emotions and energy.

Take time today to listen to those you do not understand. Truly listen. Empathize with their pain and suffer with them- not just in “promised prayers,” but in sharing life.

And where you see injustice, act.

Be a partner in change, an ally in love. Lead with compassion in seeking a new reality where we “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

 

 

 

 

 

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