WE ARE MOST FULLY HUMAN, most fully ourselves, when we see someone in the truth of his or her experience and are moved to respond with compassion and care.
We glimpse a colleague smiling at his beloved’s photograph, and our smile in response offers respite for both of us from the whirlwind of the workday.
We see our teenage daughter asleep on the couch, the cat curled up in her lap, and the wash of compassion that comes over us reminds us of the love that ties us together. We see the same teenager, now late for school, frowning at her reflection in the mirror, and the morning’s mad dash dissolves into the yearning that our child know the beauty that we behold.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From page 9 of Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Notice the times you feel compassionate today. Share your thoughts.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Romans 13:14, NRSV
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