Have you ever been across the table from someone who has something really heavy to talk about? If you are a friend who listens well then you have been in that seat. It’s not easy to see pain on the face of someone you love.
I’ve been thinking about watching pain in light of my own pain. I recognize now what a gift sufferings are: a gift of empathy for the pain of others.
This week is heavy with this remembering. I hold out to others what I call Sacred Space; the very present sitting with them in their pain, the hearing, the knowing, the seeing what is real for my friend. I remember. It hurts. It is deep down to the fibers of being. Is there an end to the pain?
This week is heavy with this awareness. As Jesus stepped each day toward the Cross His own awareness heightened. His very real love for all of us drew Him forward to the deepest empathy one could have:
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
The Sacred Space of knowing is held out to you today, by the One who knows you best and loves you perfectly. What will you do with this gift offered you?