I really wanted to title this post The Power of Compassion or the Power of our Words. But in reality not many will google, ‘how can I show more compassion,’ or ‘how do my words effect others?’ When I write these posts I’m at the mercy of google to help people find content they are in desperate need of. I hope this post finds you in your place of need where you are right now.
The answer to this question is compassion. In any type of crisis, compassion is always the best remedy. But what does compassion look like when the world is falling apart?
What We Can Do In Times Of Crisis
You never know how one act of compassion or the impact of your words can effect others. Recently I’ve had to transition from the OR into the ICU to be able to take care COVID patients. I’ve had to see some really heart wrenching things over the past couple of weeks. But I’ve also seen the heart of compassion rise when people are hurting. Nurses have to be some of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met. What they do in times of crisis is just incredible.
Nine years ago when before our son passed away, a nurse thought to record my son’s heartbeat on a recorder and put it into a teddy bear to give to me. Her thoughtfulness and act of compassion has given me a precious gift that I am forever grateful for and has touched me deeply. This past week I witnessed another nurse do the same to give to a little girl as she recorded her loved one’s last heartbeat. Although nothing can replace our loved ones, these acts of compassion in the last moments of life are what we will remember and cherish. These acts of compassion give their loved ones’ lives dignity and show them your life matters, I see you.
Our words can show compassion during these times when others are hurting. Never underestimate the power of empathy in times of crisis. Just telling someone, “I’m so sorry,” or “I am here for you,” are words that will stay with them and let them know you care and see their suffering.'But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion' (Luke 10:33) Click To Tweet
Many have read the parable of the Good Samaritan. After reading the parable many think, ‘I would never walk by a man half naked and dead lying in a ditch.’ But yet two godly men do, a priest and a Levite. The unlikely person, the Samaritan, who was viewed as someone who was lowly, not to be associated with because of wayward ways, was the person who stopped to help. Out of the three men the Samaritan was the only one who came to where he was, in the ditch. The others passed by, for reasons unknown. Maybe they couldn’t be bothered? Or maybe they were in a hurry? Or worst yet, maybe they didn’t care?
But the Samaritan didn’t just come to the hurt man, he bound up his wounds, poured oil and wine on them, brought him to an inn, paid for his room, and came back to check on him. Why would someone do this? Because he had compassion on him. These actions remind me what Jesus has done for us. When we are moved by compassion, we do things for others we normally wouldn’t do. We see things we normally wouldn’t see. When we can see others in their pain and hurt through the lens of compassion, we become God’s love. We become a friend and a neighbor.
When Jesus asked in Luke 10:36, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” “He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).
Because of the act of compassion my nurse did for me by taking the time to record my son’s heartbeat and put it into a bear and the compassion I witnessed this week, now others will have a bear with their loved one’s heartbeat in their time of need. This is made possible through the foundation associated with the hospital I work for that will help fund for more bears when you donate to this specific cause.
During these times of unknowing and crisis, it’s so important to let others know, I see you, hear you, you matter, through our acts or words of compassion.
How can we be a good neighbor to those around us who are hurting?
Would you like to know how you can be more compassionate in times of crisis?
Join me this month in the 12 Days of Kindness, where you will be challenged to do one act of kindness a day. Kindness can move us into areas of compassion for others. Here are the Kindness challenge prompts below. Post Act of Kindness with Hashtag #12DaysofKindness
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