The Hurt That Makes Us Human
Remember the children’s riddle, “What has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive?” Answer: “A glove, of course!” This goes to the heart of Dave’s sermon. What is a woman or a man or a child without a soul? An empty shell, of course, a sort of glove that encompasses emptiness. But if you don’t believe in a life after death, what constitutes a soul? Dave suggests it is our ability to feel empathy and compassion when we see others suffer that gives us our spirit and our soul. How do we develop compassion and empathy? How do we encourage it in ourselves and in others? How do we risk losing these two vital traits of our humanity? Dave offers some ideas for us to consider as we think about these questions.