On Sunday, Sue Jordaan reminded us that August is our month of Compassion. She read to us this description of Compassion.
Compassion means to become close to the one who suffers. … A compassionate person says: “I am your brother; I am your sister. I am human, fragile and mortal, just like you. I am not embarrassed by your tears, nor afraid of your pain. I too have wept. I too have felt pain…I cannot take your pain away. I cannot offer you a solution for your problem, but I can promise you that I won’t leave you alone, and will hold on to you as long and as well as I can”. There is much grief and pain in our lives, but what a blessing it is when we do not have to live our grief and pain alone. That is the gift of compassion.
From: Here and Now: Living in the Spirit by Henri Nouwen