I don't mean for this to be all about pain and suffering, but it's our common denominator as people, isn't it? We are all broken, everyone you see is going through something hard, or just has, or will soon. How do we ever lose sight of compassion? I love this quote from a friend; it illustrates well a pain we all know or will know:
"Hurting is the blood that drips down to my fungus-infected feet." --J.K.E
I kinda doubt that Jesus had athlete's foot, but this is just a smidgeon of the pain that Christ felt as he hung on the cross for us. Just think about that: your pain times the population of the world... But He died so that our pain wouldn't kill us. Instead, he takes it on for us and we live--we actually find rest for our bleeding souls.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." --Matthew 11.29-30
Have some compassion today, people. Be gentle and humble in heart...it's a much easier yoke to bear. God loves you.