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Among the many curious and puzzling verses in the Bible, John 18:6 ranks near the top. John describes a strange scene.
It is a curious picture of “glory”.
I am lying in bed. My body is feeling its way slowly towards sleep. But my mind is still turning in tight little circles around the same endless litany of unanswerable questions that haunt many of my waking hours.
“Brokenstones” asks some great questions about the connection between compassion and pain.
What makes one compassionate toward another’s suffering? Why do some who have experienced terrible things become more caring, and some, more callous? Does compassion grow by remaining open to your own experience of pain and facing it?
Why is pain so painful? What is it about the inevitable loneliness of life, that feels so threatening? Why do I experience such a strong compulsion to push away the pain escaping into anesthetic, denial, or distraction? What is it in me that so quickly defaults to resistance when I find myself afraid?
“The New Yorker” recently published a book review article by Elizabeth Kolbert titled “The Case Against Kids”, with the provocative subtitle, “Is procreation immoral?”
Why does life so often seem to be so broken?
In response to my reflections on “People In Pain”, I was sent an article written by Rachel Naomi Remen in the September 1999 issue of Shambhala Sun. It is called “Helping, Fixing or Serving?” http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2328
I meet a lot of people who are in pain.