Living Advent Calendar — Day 2

Living Advent Calendar — Day 2

Nov. 30:

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in the 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 condition of being human. — Henri J.M. Nouwen

Try today to immerse yourself more fully in being human, simply by showing someone compassion —

~ go to this person — physically or emotionally — in their hurting place, or

~ cry with them because they are hurting, or

~ allow yourself to feel the hurt ‘alongside of’ or even ‘for’ someone who is hurting.

You might just find that in doing one of these, you end up doing all three.

And if you can take even just a step towards someone in their brokenness, it turns out that you will have made a move like God’s coming to us in Christ.

(If you have difficulty and find doing this hard, show YOURSELF compassion, remembering Simon Weil pointed out that compassion directed to oneself is true humility!)

Extra Credit: Read Psalm 1 two times today, preferably with some significant time in between the readings. and listen for what God might be saying to you…