Day 16: Sympathy

encouragement: the act or capacity of entering into or sharing the feelings or interests of another, and the feeling or mental state brought about by such sensitivity

PRAY: Your grace, Jesus, is so clear through your sympathy—the sympathy you have because you entered into our world, in the flesh. I thank you for that incredible gift, and I pray that you would make me sympathetic like you. Help me, as I consider all the issues and candidates on my ballot, to enter into the feelings and experiences of my neighbors and to cast my votes through a lens of sensitivity, true sympathy, for their plight

2 Corinthians 1:2-3

“Grace (favor and spiritual blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement)…”

Author: Dr. Mary Ellen Schoonover

Well loved! I have been blessed all my life to be surrounded by family and friends that nurtured, supported and loved me into the person that I have become. That love has sustained me throughout whatever circumstance I have found in life. It is the greatest gift that one can give and the essential ingredient to living life with no regrets. I reached this conclusion while lying in a hospital bed on life support for 70 days. Under those circumstances I dealt with the essential ingredients of my life. What was important? Why was I alive? What did my life mean?

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