searching for rescue; coming up empty

Do you ever feel compassion for someone you don’t even know? It hits unexpectedly, like a surprise attack. It’s targeted directly to a tender, ragged spot in our heart that’s begging to be filled.
It’s when I feel those surges of love that I realize, deep in our hearts, that we’re all connected. By this, we’re all obligated to be responsible for eachother. It’s our job to counsel eachother’s hearts, to ease the aching, to hear the stories, and to offer a home when what’s familiar is abuse, silence, and solitude.
It can be hard to absorb someone’s words when they sink like stones. By listening to crashing stories, hope can turn to disappointment, and what you thought was potential turns into failure. It’s these times when our job gets harder, yes, but more fulfilling, too. Because for awhile, you might have to stop and slouch down in order to look someone in the eyes. Time might be pressing, and the schedule is screaming, and really – why should you bother to stop and help? But when you’re able to witness redemption setting in, I’m sure it’s worth it.
We give so little when it’s in us always to give so much more.
Our idea of “checking up” on someone has become a five second text that we absent-mindedly type while feeding the dog. At least it’s something, but we could do so much more. Our idea of congratulations is a pat on the back as we rush to the next meeting, the next baseball game, the next band practice. Our idea of a conversation has become reduced to “Hey what’s up?” “Not much you?” “Not much.” “K bye.”
But what if we went the extra step? What if we followed through? What if we gave all of ourselves? What if we made ourselves available all the time?
What if instead of a half-hearted text, we stepped it up to a phone call? And then to face-to-face? What if instead of a pat on the back, we gave a card and a hug? What if instead of a shallow conversation, we sat down and got honest?
You promised not to let me drown. What happened?

New favorite song: Through Any Window – Wisely

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