Christly compassion in times of need

The accounts of sorrow and sacrifice in the media reporting on the coronavirus pandemic stir the heart. The shocking suddenness of a loss, heartache over not being able to hold the hand of a loved one in his or her last moments, and anguish due to restrictions that prevent people from coming together to share support and love for one another—these sad circumstances have become commonplace.

Christly compassion compels each of us to envelop in prayer those in need of comfort and strength. Though we don’t know the touching story of each life, we can humbly affirm that God, our heavenly Parent, is mindful of and deeply values each and every one of His children. In the first hours and days after someone’s loss, our mental and spiritual embrace, reflecting God’s love—and possibly accompanied by words or acts of kindness—could be the wisest way to reach and bless that wounded heart, encouraging it forward.

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