As one of the primary attributes of God, compassion is also one of God’s greatest gifts to us. The more intimate our relationship to God becomes, the more compassionate we become in our relationships with others.
Compassion suggests a great deal more than sympathy or empathy. Compassion means to passion with, to share the passion of the other—be it fear, pain, sorrow, or despair. The word has its roots in the womb work of reproduction. When we are compassionate, we participate in the creative work that each kind of passion produces.
What an opportunity we have each time we allow our innate wombedness to participate with another’s. Something of God’s goodness is sure to result.