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Compassion: Consideration for others

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Compassion is not common in today's society. It should be, though, as we all have something to deal with. It could be money problems, a health issue, an unresolved relationship problem, unemployment, or any number of other things. It has been said that if a group of people were to gather around a table, lay each of their problems out on the table in front of them, each person would choose to take their own problems back. They wouldn't want to have to deal with the even bigger problems that the others were facing. A video was produced by the Cleveland Clinic that helps us to understand this idea; it is included with this article. To read the article written by the Cleveland Clinic, which accompanies the video, please go to

Compassion is a word that some do not seem to understand. According to Henri J. M. Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison, "Those who offer us comfort and consolation by being and staying with us in moments of illness, mental anguish, or spiritual darkness often grow as close to us as those with whom we have biological ties. They show their solidarity with us by willingly entering the dark, uncharted spaces of our lives. For this reason, they are the ones who bring new hope and help us discover new directions," (Compassion: A reflection on the Christian life, revised, 1989, New York, NY: Doubleday. By sharing a tender touch, a hug, a word of kindness, or some other heartfelt emotion, we can be a blessing to someone else...someone who may be experiencing a difficulty or hardship. It doesn't take much, and it is not hard.

1 Peter 4: 8-11 says, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised," (Bible Verses for Busy Women: A guide for stress, joy, and contemplation, 2002, Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corporation).

Please take a few moments to view the video from the Cleveland Clinic, take what is provided to heart, and share some compassion today.



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