Tuesday, January 29, 2008


"blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." -matthew 5:4

the last few days have been heavy. yesterday i sat through a two-hour class about violence and abuse. listening to the stories and hearing the hurt, pain and despair in the lives of these people broke my heart a little.

today was similar. although it wasn't quite as intense as the class period the day before, i felt deep sorrow for several of my patients today. knowing their stories stirs my heart to compassion.

i read an article today which talked about the importance of mourning. our hearts are supposed to break for the things that break God's heart. it was also a good reminder of what loving my neighbor means.
listening with genuine concern for others
helping to meet their needs when i am able
being flexible in order to show kindness

i may feel like i can't make much a difference some days, but all he asks is that i obey moment by moment.

keep my heart tender, lord.

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