“Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.” ~St. Francis of Assisi
I’m a therapist at a hospital. Recently, we had an irritable, uncooperative patient who was putting everyone on her floor on edge. She yelled at every staff member who came into her room. She not-so-politely asked me to leave and not return.
At first, I thought of her as an inconvenience. When it was time for me to return to her room, I squared my shoulders, determined to approach her with less medical talk and more compassion. She responded like a flower opening in the sun. Her tone lightened and she dropped her defenses. When it was time for me to leave, she sweetly implored me, “Please don’t go. Stay with me a while.”
She became someone altogether different when she felt cherished.
Blinded as she was by understandable anxiety and insecurity, it was difficult for my sweet patient to realize the staff was there to take care of her. Until I took the time to show her some kindness, she wasn’t willing to receive my help.
In much the same way, it can be challenging to accept God’s love until you experience human love. When someone shows you love by treating you with kindness and compassion, it begins to click—this is what love feels like.
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