Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 27, 2017 – Empathy & Humility

Greetings Beloved!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful, graceful, hilarious, deep, mini me: Nicole Shermaine Fuller (Age 45) and all the other September 28 babies … Erin McGee Touhy, Ronte Murphy, Alvin Ellis, Sr., Zoe Almir Bey (Age 14), Harmony Grace Tinsley (Age 4), Oliver Fuller, others … interesting! What’s happening on this day? God is blessing the universe and creation with some awesomely wonderful people just like he does everyday!

Today’s topic is a reflection based on “some stuff” I have been meditating on this week. My personal opinion is that I see less empathy these days, one to another. Others have agreed with me so that’s partly why its the topic. In my CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) studies, they have shared a leader named Brene Brown, whom I believe has some excellent thoughts on Empathy vs Sympathy. Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. Do you believe “I am Enough?”

Following is a link/url/snipet. Tell me what you think, comment if you can please.

Brené Brown on Empathy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

Something else I see less of these days is “humility.” Following is a writing by Leroy Brownlow, from his book, Today is Mine, its the devotional for October 13.

Humility:

The truly great person never feels any worthy task is too low for him.

When James Madison completed his eight years as President, he retired to his Virginia plantation and filled the office of justice of the peace. No wonder he had climbed up, for he knew how to climb down. He didn’t have to appear to be great, for he was; and no office could make him less. His meekness was not his weakness. His humility was not humiliation.

The size of the job is not half as honorable as the size of the man who fills it.

Quote: I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. – John Ruskin 1819 – 1900

Scripture: Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.

Song: Litany of Humility by Danielle Rose
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=tightropetb&p=gospel+song+on+humility#id=36&vid=2065e197ca12c03c4b619d62640ec0fa&action=view

Prayer:  Father, remind us to be empathetic for each other and create in us meek and humble hearts. Amen…

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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