I’ve been wondering what enables me (or anyone) to have empathy for people in situations that are not part of my experience. I don’t have MS, pain or cancer; my worries as a new mother are only happy memories; I’ve had plenty to do in my life. So what is it that draws me in to pray for these people?
Perhaps empathy comes from a longing for God that dwells in all of us. Once in a while we get a glimpse of it; we float into the ‘thin space’; we feel the peace of God that passes all understanding. It is fleeting, but it is enough to connect us to others who are suffering and yet longing.