DRAFT: Compassion Fatigue

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Anne Frank is well known for her diary describing her family's years of hiding during World War II. When she was later imprisoned in a Nazi death camp, those with her said "her tears (for them) never ran dry," making her "a blessed presence for all who knew her."

 

Compassion fatigue can be one of the results of living in a badly broken world. The sheer volume of human suffering can numb even the best intentioned among us. Compassion fatigue, however, was not in Jesus' makeup. Stated in the Bible scripture Matthew 9:35-36 - 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

 

Our world suffers not only from physical needs, but also from spiritual brokenness. Jesus came to meet that need and challenged His followers to join Him in this work . Jesus prayed that the Father God would raise up workers to respond to the needs all around us, people who struggle with loneliness, sin, illness. May the Father God give us a heart for others that mirrors His heart. In the strength of His Spirit, we can express His compassionate concern to those who are suffering.

 

In a world filled with heartache, we can model the compassion of Jesus.