“Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity
for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.
It is the knowledge that there can never really be
any peace and joy for me
until there is peace and joy for you too.”
Have you ever walked up to someone you knew and that “little voice” said, “she looks like she needs a hug”, and you hug her, then you spend the next several hours trying to keep from crying because her sorrow has just invaded you. I’ve had that happen more than once over the last couple of years. I believe Mr. Buechner has the right of this. Knowing the pain of someone’s suffering can bring home so much more to you then “sympathizing” or being a comforter. Feeling someone’s abject failure and sadness can be so overwhelming – I have a new respect for those people; I wonder how they get through the day feeling that way. I am glad that GOD has given me this gift. I rejoice in the tears and the sorrow that I feel because I believe that I have been allowed to share something, and maybe, hopefully – take just a little to relieve their burden.
Thank you GOD, for all that you have given me, for all that you have taken from me, and for all that you have left me with. Praise Be the Name of The Lord!