Light to Live By

"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

The Limits of Empathy and Sympathy

Solomon said, “The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy” (Proverbs 14:10).

Longfellow observed, “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

Pastor John Watson (pen name Ian Maclaren) counseled, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NASB).

Wound-shaped Words

Why speak God’s Word? Why be faithful to the call to “preach the word”? I ran across this great line by poet Sean Thomas Dougherty. I don’t know much about the author. He spoke the words for himself and other poets. But it strikes me as also deeply appropriate for those who speak God’s Word. Why speak?  In his poem “Why Bother?” Dougherty answers:

“Because right now there is someone

out there

with a wound in the exact shape

of your words.”

The Love of God

I was recently interviewed by a local friend for his a Sorani Kurdish YouTube channel and asked to explain the unique perspective the Christian faith brings to the understanding of the love of God. For those who don’t understand Kurdish, I’m attaching a transcript of the interview in English (God of love video transcript).

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