a glimpse inside a heart of pain

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as you read my blogs, you will often hear me make the statement “look inside your heart” when attempting to empathize with what someone else is feeling or going through. i believe there are similarities deep within all of our hearts…common threads of emotions whether happiness and joy, or pain and fear.

today, i’m sharing an example of how this works.

20140306-121812.jpgsitting in a cave alone, tired and afraid, the Psalmist David writes these words. just see, if by looking inside your heart, whether or not you can understand his difficulty and relate to the essence of his pain.

he was on the verge of loosing his courage and will to fight.

this is his, “i need some help here. i’m about to loose it!” (as we would say today).

I cry out to the Lord.

I beg the Lord to help me.

I tell him my problems;

I tell him about my troubles.

I am ready to give up.

But you, Lord, know the path I am on,

and you know that my enemies have set a trap for me.

I look around,and I don’t see anyone I know.

I have no place to run.

There is no one to save me.

Lord, I cry out to you for help:

“You are my place of safety.

You are all I need in life.”

Listen to my prayer.

I am so weak.

Save me from those who are chasing me.

They are stronger than I am.

Help me escape this trap,so that I can praise your name.

Then good people will celebrate with me,

because you took care of me.

-David, psalmist

20140306-122131.jpgjust remember, when you feel like you can’t take anymore…

you’re not alone…

others know how you feel…

and

if you’d like to whisper a prayer for help…this is a great one.

D

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i suffer with you

20131116-234031.jpgempathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions.

expand empathy by gaining direct experience of other people’s lives, putting into practice the Native American proverb, “Walk a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”