Frederick Buechner: Somebody Else’s Skin

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Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you, too.”

Frederick Buechner as cited by Ben Witherington and Julie Noelle Hare in The Living Legacy 137.

When this posts I should nearly be back to the USA. On this trip to India I have been moved with compassion by learning what I means to minister in the complex context.

What a privilege to serve my brothers and sisters there. I look forward, if the Lord wills, to return in August 2020 to build on the progress made on this trip. Make it so Lord Jesus.

If they struggle or need assistance and I have the ability and capacity to help them, I will do all I can to assist. What a privilege! What might that look like for you to have compassion and aid others?