Like many of you reading this, my heart still hurts for the families and victims of the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton because of the tragic loss of life and suffering. It’s the kind of thing that even though we have no idea about the amount of heartbreak they feel, their heartbreak and suffering becomes our own. This is known as “compassion” and it changes the way we live, and it should.

 Many of us have been moved to do things we wouldn’t normally do, because of compassion. We find ourselves sending money or food in support of hurricane or flood victims around the world. Although we may never experience the kind of loss and suffering we see in the world around us, we still see what it looks like in our communities in a different way.

Take the elderly for instance- many of them have lost loved ones and attempt to live out their lives in loneliness. There are people in our community or even in our own families who could benefit from compassion.  I get it that some people are hard to show compassion to because of how they are or what they may or may not have done.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said,

We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in light of what they suffer.

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, we have a loving God who offers compassion and comfort to each of us which is not meant as an end in itself, but as a means to an end.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

You and I have the power to empower someone out of loneliness and suffering.

 Go be compassionate to someone today!