There are times in life we have to think beyond our own personal pain or anger.  There are times we have to consider everyone affected by a situation.  It is human nature to become consumed by the pain we are enduring.  If something hurts, it is really a struggle to think beyond our pain.  We forget others are also hurting.

Most of us have endured pain in our life.  The actions of others can cause us pain.  We get so wrapped up in our own feelings, that we forget there are others who are also suffering.  We develop tunnel vision and fail to see others  are also enduring the same pain.  The ripple effects or consequences can be far reaching when someone or something has caused us pain.

God gives us hearts filled with empathy and compassion to sustain us in the darkest of days.  When we all unite to support the innocent who are caught in the darkness of the pain, we are allowing God to teach us.  As Jesus hung on the cross, He looked past His own pain and felt pity for those at the foot of the cross.  He asked for others to rally round and help with the pain they were enduring.  He thought beyond His own personal pain and recognized others were also hurting.

I am praying we can all rally round when the time comes and embrace everyone affected by the pain we are enduring---especially the innocent .  God can use us--even in our greatest pain.

He helps us in all our troubles,

 so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles,

 using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.

II Corinthians 1:4

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