this is compassion

As you sit with me in concentration revealing true emotion, I look into your eyes and recognise myself reflected back.  I could be you.

This is not pity nor sympathy.

I am no stronger, no more prepared from conception to have found myself able to reorganise life to better circumstance. Humbled by the reflection and counted as equal in this place of suffering I call on all my resources of resiliency – I demand to see hope. I become obedient to the same consequence as you with insurmountable odds and yet I am not overcome by it.

This is not empathy.

I shout out, “Death, you are not good enough for us! We demand life!” I keep shouting until your voice joins with mine, your hand holds onto mine and together we climb to peaceful pastures. I have been in the land of the living and I know the way there.

This is compassion.

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:5-11

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