TO GO WHERE IT HURTS

I don’t know what has caused me to read so many articles lately on the subject of “compassion”, but I think we, as Co-workers, are faced with compassion when we are with the poor and the lonely and the dying.  Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion and anguish.  Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears.  Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless.  Compassion means full immersion in the conditions of being human.  When we look at compassion in this way, it becomes clear that something more is involved than a general kindness.  (A co-worker, in Kathryn Sink, A CHAIN OF LOVE)

Reference:  THE ETERNAL VISION-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SPIRITUAL QUOTATIONS compiled by William Sykes 2003

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