From the Pastor's Heart

Good Neighbor pt. 2 – Empathy

Nov. 19, 2014

The following acronym “N.E.A.R.” helps remind us what it means to be a good neighbour. Last week I reminded you that “N” stands for notice – notice the needs of people around you. This week the letter “E” encourages us to empathize with those who are hurting.

Often we interchangeably use the words sympathy and empathy but they are in fact markedly different. Sympathy expresses feelings of sorrow and pity for someone else’s misfortune while empathy denotes the ability to understandand share the feelings of someone else.

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