My Journey to Joy

August 4, 2011

Compassion

Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:44 PM
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Psalm 116:1-2 “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.”

One of the gifts of this journey has been the empathy that I have discovered.  Details are different, but pain is pain, and I understand it a little better than before.  This isn’t always pleasant; “ignorance is bliss” can really be true.  I feel as if I’ve been given glasses to sharpen my focus.  Whereas before I saw a blur, now others’ pain is often clear to me, and I feel it with them.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m still very selfish and self-centered.  But the option of being unaware is no longer available.

I find myself wondering if I have any real compassion for others.  I see their pain, confusion and fear.  But how long will I listen?  At what point do I become bored or impatient?  Do I let them share their grief with me, or do I cut them off, try to “straighten them out,” or just move on to the next thing?

“God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer…”  Psalm 66:19

I love it when people listen to me, but do I reciprocate?  I’m afraid too often I care very little.  I ration my time and help with stingy fingers.  I follow the story as long as it’s interesting.  I count the cost of involvement, and weigh the benefits.   God help me.

“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”  Psalm 116:7

To whom much has been given, much is required (Luke 12:48), and oh, I’ve been given so much!  I am called to be an imitator of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).  And now, God has given me eyes to seemay my heart and my actions follow.

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