21st June 2020

21st June 2020

At this time when thinking of all the changes going on, we all need to be more compassionate; more sensitive and kinder. But let’s not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the ” inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. This is not our spontaneous response to suffering.  What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it. As busy, active, relevant [people], we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. And so, we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer. . .. ”


Those who can sit with their fellow man or woman or child not knowing what to say but knowing that they should be there, can bring new life into a dying heart.  Those who are not afraid to hold a hand in gratitude, to shed tears of grief, and to let a sigh of distress arising straight from the heart can break through paralyzing boundaries and witness the birth of a new fellowship, the fellowship of the broken.  Friends, let’s never tire in being Christ-like.  And if you have that horrible fear that you’re burning out, or suffering great stress do two things: first, stop, sit with a cuppa and invite the Holy Spirit to wash you afresh.  In silence bathe in the Spirit. And second, ask each other for help. Talk. Ask for prayers. Trust God is bigger than the largest disasters.


And as I’ve said a million times – remember that you are precious and that you are deeply loved.


Thinking of you all.

Love and prayers.

Stephen Monk