How to love someone who’s hurt

1. Ask God to fill your heart with His compassion toward them. (Matthew 20:29-34) 2. Pray to the Lord who heals and restores, and trust that He is good in all that He does. (Psalm 41) 3. Be willing to care for them and serve them selflessly. (Galatians 6:2) 4. Don’t go it alone. (2 Corinthians 12:21-26)

Shocking Pictures of Forgiveness

I saw this photo essay published by the New York Times this morning and have looked at it a few times since. It’s deeply heartbreaking and hopeful. It’s incomplete. The photos follow the survivors of genocide in Rwanda — both those who were victims and perpetrators. A Catholic organization in Rwanda has been counseling perpetrators and encouraging them to seek forgiveness from those hurt by their actions. A few things that stick out to me: Forgiveness is a gift. No one deserves it. These men who committed such acts of violence know that. But they throw themselves at the mercy …

In Hardship, Remember

We live hard lives. It doesn’t take long to feel swept into the whirlpool of life, full of disappointment, loss, tears, aching, hopelessness, and isolation. A day is coming, if it hasn’t already, when you’re out of tears and you’re living in a fog. It comes for each of us. The Lord speaks to the person in despair with gentleness and compassion. When all you can see is your trouble, He still speaks. He answers the burning questions of the sufferer. In Psalm 77, we see a man so distraught he can’t function. He can’t sleep; all he can do …