But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)
Last week, our memo was entitled,”God at Work during COVID-19: Being Compassionate.’ Did you have the chance to look carefully at the eyes of each person wearing their mask? What did you see? Did you have opportunities to demonstrate God’s love and compassion? Every situation is different as is what God is leading you to do or say. What opportunities we all have!
As I dug a little deeper into the issue of compassion, I was impacted by its meaning. I discovered that compassion is a Latin word meaning “co-suffering.” Hmmm. That is impactful and brings a much deeper meaning, in a practical and spiritual sense, to the word compassion with which we are so familiar.
Recently, during our Christian Women at Work Zoom call, we discussed co-suffering. One person stated that when we suffer through a particular hardship, we can better relate to others who are going through the same thing. Our co-suffering with them includes a better understanding of their needs. Co-suffering to another person meant helping to share the burden. To another, it meant being kind, going to the place they were at and not necessarily being able to offer a solution. But, just to be there with them. To yet another co-suffering meant “doing vs just expressing”. A different person reminded us all how Jesus suffered for us and how we have the opportunity to co-suffer with others. The bottom line was for all of us?
As a physiotherapist, I design individual treatment plans for each of my patients. As a clinic owner, I have the same opportunity to design individual work plans for each of my staff members. There are often things that cannot necessarily change (i.e. work hours, work responsibilities, deadlines) but within each of those areas there are some things which could change. Many people are suffering through hardships, changes or missing people they love. There are perhaps ways we can “co-suffer” with them.
It may be from a physical or reality perspective, there is not anything that can be done. However,
This week at work, it may be obvious that someone is struggling. However, it is a good idea to regularly ask certain questions to determine how your colleague, boss or staff member is doing. Here are some examples below:
May God richly bless you this week as you do His will.
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work