These days, empathy feels like a heavy burden to carry.
The road feels endless, though this time is temporary.
I try to remember the sun is still there when the weather is dreary,
But with so much bad news and hurt, I am weary.
I tend to internalize and swallow it all down,
Yet I know that the inevitable conclusion of that is a breakdown.
This burden is more than I can carry.
Casting it on Him is necessary.
When the burden is laid in His capable hand,
Empathy is a gift to help me do what He has planned.
To love when it hurts and it cuts so deep,
To be patient and kind with my fellow hurting sheep.
No dark valley is outside His watchful eye.
And in the rain, hope still shines in the sky.
None of this is okay, and neither am I.
But the Hope of the world still draws nigh.
He is teaching me to love as He has loved me,
And in that love, I am truly free.
Not free of hurt, not free of pain,
But free to love, and to praise Him while out in the rain.