To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond to it. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How can we cultivate hope when it is hard to come by?
John Pavlovitz is author of A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community and Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto. Please join us for a time of authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world and what to do when you have exhausted your resources.