Dec 13 2012
SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: DEEPENING COMPASSION
Stuff happens all the time that makes me want to scribble God a "Dear John" letter. But I haven't found a better option besides God. What I have found is that it is an act of faithfulness to bring the range of human experiences before God. The harder themes [of doubt, barrenness, pain and longing] are just as real and significantly shape our faith and our images of God and of ourselves in relation to God as the more pleasant ones we tend to focus on.
For the most part, we do not do a good job in Western society of sitting in places of discomfort. We do not know how to sit with our own pain or the pain of others. As a result, we can really miss out on deepening compassion and engagement with our communities that could lead to more healing, in all senses of the word.
-- Enuma Okoro, in an interview with Christianity Today Blog for Women about her devotional Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room, 2012)
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