The art of compassion is all about seeing with our souls. When we see with our souls, we become more aware of God’s daily presence. We discover that we do not have to seek the cosmic dance. It comes to us through the simple gifts God offers us: the morning silence before words and works begin. The songs of birds greeting the dawn. The child who tugs on our sleeve and invites us, “Come see.” The full orange moon shining through the trees.
—Marilyn Brown Oden, in Compassion: Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)
When we practice “seeing with our souls,” how might our experience of compassion change? Join the conversation.
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
—Psalm 104:24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
With my eyes, I choose to see with compassion. With my hands, I choose to give and touch with compassion. With my feet, I choose to go where I can deliver compassion. With my heart, I choose to love with great compassion.
(Pause for a minute of silence and imagine how you can show compassion today.)
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