The Authority of Compassion

I don’t like pain.

I don’t enjoy suffering.  

But deep pain and suffering have left a lasting impression on my soul.  Experiencing the loss of a child has enlarged my heart and sharpened my senses to the pain and suffering around me.

Choosing transparency in pain is hard and vulnerability is frightening.

But when I let others in, they see that I am just like them. I struggle, I cry out for mercy, I need God’s grace, mercy and strength to carry on.

And that lends authority to my invitation to meet Jesus.

It changes a “sales pitch” into a genuine message backed up by the evidence of His compassion and care in my own broken life.

Even more, they know that I KNOW-I understand pain, I understand struggle and I understand desperation.

Jesus came, in part, to embody the heart of God to the world.  He came to give abundant proof that God loves us.  He walked gently among the wounded and healed the sick and hurting.

Jesus has all authority because He was obedient in suffering.  His love for us kept Him bound to the cross.  His Father’s love raised Him from the dead.

When I choose compassion, when I choose to suffer alongside the suffering, I am most like Him.

And my living example of His eternal one is a powerful testimony of His work in my life and a grace-filled invitation for others to receive forgiveness, grace and mercy in their own time of need.

Seeing that we have a great High Priest who has entered the inmost Heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to our faith. For we have no superhuman High Priest to whom our weaknesses are unintelligible—he himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that he never sinned.

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence, that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the hour of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16



Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

4 thoughts on “The Authority of Compassion”

  1. I lost my only child, truly beloved, the love of my life, to complex mental illness on March 2, 2011: suicide. I am a devout Roman Catholic Christian, called back to the Church because of this loss and am serving as a Eucharistic Minister (have been since her passing) and I am now under great spiritual attack. I don’t have a blog; I have a published book of poetry and people have been trying to encourage me to write about the horror of mental illness in a child but I will not immerse myself in it. I know someone who did, it cost her her life. My daughter was raised to love Jesus and love Him, she did. She recorded that He spoke to her (four days before her passing), told her He would be waiting for her, that her death would be painless, and I believe it. At my age five, I had an apparition/vision of the Blessed Mother (I was dying from double pneumonia) and I was warned about my life, warned there would be a great “cataclysm”, told God would never leave me to carry it alone. For my entire lifetime I remembered this vision and wondered what it meant; I thought, at one time, it meant global nuclear war. I was also given the number 23. My daughter was 23, her passing was on the 2nd day of the 3rd month, she called me (she went out that day, very unusual for her) using my cell phone at 3:23PM and 4:23PM. You tell me, you don’t have to tell me, I know. What I don’t know is: what is this all about? Please pray for me.


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