Have you ever been starving for some empathy, hurting so badly that you thought you couldn’t go on? Not only can you not speak up (like I equip women to do here), there are No. Words. Maybe you even feel that way today. If so, I understand.
Two of the circumstances that have made me feel that way were a couple of seasons of church hurt and losing my friend to breast cancer when we were young moms.
Maybe you’re facing something different: the death of a spouse or child, job loss, bankruptcy, divorce… in this broken world, the list goes on and on.
My heart is with you in your hurt today, no matter what the source is.
In my devotion, “How Jesus’ Empathy Changes Everything,” I share about how understanding Jesus’ empathy for my hurt unleashed both power and healing.
Over the years, healing has come from many sources. Loved ones’ kindness and forgiveness are a couple of ways that my heartsickness has started to turn to health.
But there are also a few books that have also been major sources of healing for me. I’m doing a giveaway of three of them today:
- A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser
- Where Is God When It Hurts by Philip Yancey
- Journey of the Soul by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere
You’re seeing a picture of my well-worn versions, but I’ll have a new copy of each shipped to one randomly selected winner. (Note: Winners must live in the US for shipping, but if you’re international, I’ll send you an Amazon card.)
If you’d like to enter to win these books, please leave a comment. You can just say “Jesus empathizes with me.” If you’d like to say more, I’d love to hear how you’ve learned to apply His empathy in your pain.
There will be one winner that I’ll announce on Tuesday, Nov. 9th, but I highly recommend these books for everyone. They’re wonderful gifts of empathy (given at the right time) for hurting friends too.