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Compassion

By Robert C. Shannon | March 1 1999

Reporters have come up with a new term to describe the lack of reaction to disasters. They call it compassion fatigue. We are constantly inundated with stories of human distress: famine, genocide, and earthquakes. Some say that since we cannot help them all, we sometimes tune out such news. Certainly no one can accuse Americans of not caring. Eight out of ten Americans give something to charity every year. But we can see how modern news gathering and reporting does overwhelm us with stories of disasters and we do often feel helpless to assist even when we'd like to. Thankfully, our God never has compassion fatigue. He is pained by all the suffering of those made in His image. He is gracious and forgiving to those who disappoint Him. He is, as the Bible says, "full of compassion" and "His mercy endures forever."

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