A Lesson in Empathy
By: Rick Boxx
April 25, 2013

My wife, Kathy, had a relational problem that caused her to feel trapped and scared. One night she needed empathy, and I failed her.

Before bed, Kathy prayed that God would teach me empathy. Later that night, I had a nightmare. I woke up screaming, feeling trapped and scared. I needed to know someone was with me, but when I reached for Kathy’s hand, she rebuffed me.

In that moment, I got it. I didn’t need anything fixed, and I didn’t need words, I needed someone to stand beside me.

Psalm 69:19 teaches, “Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters,but I found none.”

Just as the Psalmist, Kathy, and I learned, we all need some empathy eventually. 

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