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Empathy
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By Louis Gander
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Empathy

Such anger, like a waterfall, had hatred spilling o'er.
I thought that I knew everything- and indeed I showed her!
The way she spoke would pain my ears.  My brain was being fried.
I tried to make her see my side.  I tried and tried and tried.

Such arguing?  My specialty, through muscle-tightened joints.
The big dispute had gone my way and I had proved my points.
I spoke much faster than she could.  My words would never cease.
I seized the moment, stole the time, with spoken masterpiece.

Though Jesus knew that the results were not remotely fair,
we know what had occurred when Pilot spoke to Jesus there.
Christ offered full forgiveness when our sins came into view
and prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

I told that nagging woman who I thought was so naive,
"Just give me one more good excuse, because I'd love to leave!"
Then finally, I let her speak... and that's when I was told,
"You've got that 'grumpy' part down good.  Now work on getting old."

My anger, like a waterfall had hardened one more heart.
The lesson that I should have known?  I'll lose before I start.
True facts are not enough if hatred floods out Heaven's love
so empathy must live in what discussions are made of.

Christ offers us eternal life through Heaven's painful loss
and time has proved His empathy had permeated cross.
Christ cares for all His 'children' and He loves them through and through.
God's saving grace is endless if our faithfulness is true.

©2020 louis gander


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Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2020

Last Updated: Saturday, September 12, 2020

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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