Compassion, please …

When I speak up, I feel no better; if I say nothing, that doesn’t help either. Job 16:6

marktwain122786With the bombing in Belgium today, my reaction didn’t seem as strong as the Paris and Istanbul bombings. My ears perked up, I listened for the details, and offered a prayer for the people, but there wasn’t a strong emotional connection. I fear I am beginning to accept these horrific terrorist attacks as common-day stuff in which bad people do bad thing to good people. I don’t speak up about world events as often, as I believe it falls on deaf ears.

In 1977 we moved from a small town in the Panhandle of Texas to Chicago, I remember the fear and anger I felt listening to the news about gang members killing each other and occasionally an innocent bystanders. Eventually I tuned it out, and for the most part, hid from news. Then 9/11 happened. No one could hide from the news of the carnage of the terrorist attack.

I do not want to become immune to violence of any kind–to lose the gift of empathy. I want to look into the mirror while I put on makeup and see frustration, anger, and disappointment in my eyes that our great nation, our amazing world, and its people are hurting. And, I want compassion for all people, as God has for us.

Lord, help us maintain a degree of anger to never accept violence as a way of life. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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