#40WordPrayer on EMPATHY
Because he himself was tested by what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.
— Hebrews 2:18
God, help me not to be indifferent when I am confronted
by pain, by poverty, by malice, by addiction,
by marginalization, by struggle, by despair.
Grant my heart all feeling,
grant my mind all understanding,
and grant my soul all compassion.
Let my response be the response you intend.
The hardest part about being empathetic is that it requires us to feel that which we do not want to feel. The natural reaction is to try and distance ourselves from those feelings, to intellectualize issues, and to strip the human element away from the situation. While some distance may be healthy and helpful, it often leaves those who are suffering without support to help alleviate and address the cause of their suffering.
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