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Angela Nazworth is a shame-fighting storyteller who writes mostly about the beauty of grace, faith, friendship, vulnerability and community. She is a wife and a mother of two. Angela's also an encourager, a lover of good books, coffee, girl's night out, sunshine, and waterfalls. In the 15 years since she...

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  1. Angela,
    When something happens to someone I love (or even someone I don’t really know), perhaps something I don’t grasp or understand, I try to take my cues from Jesus about what to do and how to approach. I may not fully grasp the depths of what they are going through, but I do understand the depths of pain. When Jesus first approached the sisters Mary and Martha upon the death of their brother, Lazarus, He didn’t SAY much of anything…it’s what He did…He wept with them. He set aside His agenda and He was just there for them in their pain. He let His human side of knowing what it means to hurt touch their human hurting. He simply held them and wept. The next thing He did was to pray. The very last thing He did was raise Lazarus from the dead. Here was the “Man” who could fix anything whenever He wanted to, but his first instinct was to allow himself to feel their pain. I believe that sharing in someone’s pain is one of the most selfless things we can do – let our humanity touch theirs. Thank you for an absolutely beautiful post this morning!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • “Here was the “Man” who could fix anything whenever He wanted to, but his first instinct was to allow himself to feel their pain. I believe that sharing in someone’s pain is one of the most selfless things we can do – let our humanity touch theirs.” Love this, Bev.

    • Bev, I just love what you wrote here. “He let His human side of knowing what it means to hurt touch their human hurting.” May we all take our cues from Jesus.

  2. Hi Angela, yes, God purposefully created us to be more alike in our needs than different so that we could share and help one another in the hard. Our life experiences may be different at any given moment, but our humanness is the same. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Thank-you so much Angela for sharing this message with us,

    Awareness of the suffering of others, although we may not understand it, feeling it, defines humanity. And (To not only reserve it for humans).

    Penny

  4. Angela, I really like this. You covered every “thing” we’ve read in the news of late. Your perspective was pure and good. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Susan. There have been so many issues on my heart … on all of our hearts .. and I wanted to address those issues in a loving way without enticing a debate.

  5. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to comment sooner! This was really good Angela! So insightful and filled with practicality. You bless me sister! I am following your lead!

  6. This was SO good. There are several close to me facing things that I don’t understand. Yesterday I battled feelings of frustration and judgment and had to keep coming back to the idea that I just did not understand! THANKS for articulating this idea so well. I am saving this to come back to as it is a GREAT reminder!

  7. I love this:) So true. It comes natural to quickly think that there is no possible way we would ever do what another person did or say what another person said and have a vibe of judgement against the person. I’m ashamed to say I have done this.

    The more I learn the heart of God, He never looked at things this way. He loves all of His creation and is available to all.

    “Isaiah 11:3- And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears:”

    I pray I can give an example of Jesus and not judge with the judgement that comes naturally from my sin nature, but that He will make me of quick understanding and I can see others in the Light of my new nature in Christ Jesus.

    This story is an inspirational one. Thank you for posting:)

  8. Angela,

    Great post! Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” Some versions say carry. Jesus wants us to empathize with one another. Sometimes it may just look like sitting with someone while they grieve a loss, cooking a meal for someone ill, send cards, etc. No words need be spoken, just being there and letting the person know you care is good enough! Since Jesus gave up the Glory of Heaven for us we should/must do this for others. There have been times when knowing a situation I will send money anonymously just to let the person know someone cares!
    Blessings 🙂