Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Saturday May 28, 2016

Focus passage: God rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us .  We have set our hope on him that he will rescue us again since you are helping with your prayer for us.  Then many people can thank God on our behalf for the gift that was give to us through the prayers of many people. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

The reality is that we will never fully know what someone else is feeling or thinking in their own suffering.  But we can honor their story by compassionately listening:  by listening without judgment, by listening without trying to fix the situation.  It is one of the hardest tasks we have as Christians; we speak about it often in our elders meetings.  When someone is suffering we are to enter into their suffering with them, not try and pull them out of it.  We are to be a compassionate presence in each other’s lives.  We are to give one another the grace to deal with hard situations in the way that they need to.

We are called to share each other’s burdens.  To listen to their story so that we are more compassionate in our ministry alongside and to them.

Prayer: God help me to fully know today that you are present in my life and in the lives of those I love, in the lives of those I struggle to love, and in the mended parts of my life (and community) and in the fragmented parts of my life (and community). Amen.  


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