Sunday, October 19, 2014

Compassion in the aftermath of violence and hate

Today's sermon about murder and hate was very powerful. It is a subject that has been on my heart for a while, as I wrestle with trying to tip the scales on the side of love, peace and joy, to heal the cracks caused by violence: be it physical, witnessed, heard, spoken & even the extremes of murder & suicide.

If our cup can run over with joy & love, then it is true it can also run over with despair & bitterness. I believe we have a very limited capacity for violence - physical or emotional- before the consequences of it change from a limited pain to an infection. And like a physical infection, it has to be diagnosed and healed to stop from spreading to the person right in front of us, even the ones who are taking care of us & loving us.

I thank God for His healing presence, and that He stands between me and those that have hurt me, & those I have hurt, loving each one of us & willing to provide exactly what we need.

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