I still remember how it felt to come home from the hospital after I was hit by that car. I was overwhelmed with emotions. I was beyond grateful that I had survived. I was anxious about the health of my baby in my womb, and yet I was hopeful too. I was elated to see the faces of my children and have my husband there to hold me. I was in pain all over my body and sick from my concussion, but I was humbled that this was all I had to endure, knowing others had endured much worse. I slowly walked into my house, my lovely, tiny, ramshackle house full of mismatched medical student furniture . . . and I loved it.
She had dinner for us. We talked for awhile and I told her how amazed I was at all the help I had already received, and I distinctly remember her telling me, “People are going to want to help
you.” To this comment, I quickly replied, “Oh, I’ll be fine. I just need a couple of days to get on my feet. It’s no big deal.”
And that is when I started to understand. Compassion isn’t about me. It’s never about me. No matter what side of the story I am on, whether I am the one in need or the one helping, compassion is about others. And no matter what side I am on, compassion is about peace.
So today I just want encourage all of us (myself included) to show little compassion to someone today. Show your tenderness. Show your warmth Show your tolerance. Show your power to change world.
This is a beautiful video about a family who found that compassion for others took away their own pain. I hope you check it out!
For more ideas and inspiration about compassion and other tips for peace follow the comeuntochrist.org #PrinceOfPeace Easter initiative HERE. You’ll learn how to find peace through faith, compassion, scriptures, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, prayer, and hope.