A few days ago, I wrote a poem entitled “The Shame Game”.  You can find that one here.   Today, I have another poem dealing with emotional health, and it is entitled, “Empathy, Empathy”.


Empathy, Empathy

It’s not the same as sympathy.



I understand just what you’re feeling.

“Not sorry for”,

It’s not the willing.

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I sit with you.

You sit with me.

It’s empathy.

Now, can’t you see?


Oh, yes I feel just what you feel.

It’s not a matter of the will.


I will not rush your pain at all.

In life we all must feel the fall.


I laugh with you.

You laugh with me.

We cry and cry.

Till tears are free.


Empathy, Empathy

It’s not the same as sympathy.


Bible Verses on Empathy

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Ephesians 4: 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


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