Do we believe that empathy and compassion can change the world? Do we believe that empathy and compassion as expressions of God’s love can impact individuals, households and communities in lasting ways?
Sometimes we can be idealistic and romantic. We might to talk about concepts that sound good–ideas that feel good. The story of Ruth challenges us to really believe in empathy and compassion as expressions of God’s redemptive love. If we relive the story and chew on it, we are faced with the power of empathy and compassion to transform personal sorrows, break through social boundaries and change the way we see our enemies. .
In Ruth, empathy and compassion become the catalysts for redemption. If we think about it, empathy and compassion were catalysts for redemption in another story.
Message from Sunday, August 23, 2015.
Image credit: He, Qi. Ruth and Naomi, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46090 [retrieved August 24, 2015]. Original source: heqigallery.com.
Video credit (in the sermon): “Brene Brown on Empathy” from the RSA channel on YouTube; available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw