Have you ever seen this video? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw )
It includes insightful words from Brene' Brown about the distinction between empathy and sympathy.
When we are able to be empathetic, we take the time to see things from the other person's perspective, stay out of a place of judgement, and recognize emotion in another person.
I like how she defines "empathy as a sacred space...I know what it's like down here and you're not alone...Empathy is a vulnerable choice... A connection rather than a response helps make something better".
When you face difficult conversations, what are some ways to connect and share empathy? What are some ways that you have experienced empathy in a helpful or meaningful way?
As Jesus was sharing some of his final messages with the disciples, he shared these words, "I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:26-28)
The Holy Spirit works through us and provides us opportunities to share empathy. I invite you to be open to how God will use you today.