Saturday, June 14, 2008

compassion fatigue?

photo by Patrick

Compassion fatigue is a term that refers to a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Compassion fatigue may occur when, due to the media saturation of stories and images of people who are suffering (e.g. images of starving children in Africa, or extended war reporting) people develop a resistance to these images or stories. Wikipedia

Tsunamis, hurricanes, fires, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, war, more floods, drought, high gas prices, crop failure. foreclosures....there has been quite a bit of bad news in this, the early part of the 21st century.

What is a person to do? As you know, from time to time I mention the importance of building your pantry. Buy food when it is on sale, stock up on things when they are at their lowest price. Then you can 'shop from home' and prepare meals (from scratch of course ~smile~) that are nutritious and much cheaper than eating out.

I believe it is important to take care of our families. In these uncertain economic times we must be very viligant (diligent plus vigilant) to watch our budget and shop carefully.

However, we must not neglect those who are in distress:

"She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20

Here are a few ways to help those who are suffering. Particularly those in IN and IA who are enduring flood conditions.

Probably the first disaster relief group that comes to mind is the Red Cross.

A group we like to use is Samaritan's Purse.

Perhaps your denomination has a disaster relief agency. I know Lutherans, Catholics, Methodist, Baptists of all stripes and the Evangelical Free Church all have divisions that help the poor and needy among us. Check out your denominational website to how you can join in.

"Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy. Listen, listen to me , and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare." Isaiah 55:1-2

Maybe we could do without the latest doodad or whatchamacallit to help others (why spend money on what is not bread....?), so those who have no money can 'buy' what they need.

If we heed Isaiah's words it will bring our souls delight.


Congratulations to Karen P. and family on their new addition (see yesterday's comment)!

We will have to see about getting Joshua and Noel together!


Anonymous said...

Exceptionally good advice to all !

Anonymous said...

Yes, building up my pantry with sales, as well as wishing I could make chicken soup for all those Iowans(Denny's home turf) has been on my mind too. Garden is more robust than usual with canning and freezing plans for the fall.
Eight broccoli plants, 10 tomato, bush and pole beans, carrots, onions, pickles, squash, asparagus, peppers, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apples and plums fill the yard. Here, we are just at the beginning of the season. And a friend who upgraded to a better bread maker gave me her old one, as mine has rusted to death, so we are enjoying homemade bread too. Was the levee that broke in Des Moines by Jon and Kristi? I've been digging for news of that area, as Denny's relatives are all there. Hope you are doing well. It is a beautiful, sunny day here.

Anonymous said...

We were told this week that paper towels and toilet paper are huge needs, as they cannot be purchased with food stamps. That's going to be my next donation. So there's an FYI on that.
We had heavy rains yesterday; several more inches. Today is gorgeous. The water in a lot of the flooded places has no where to go but up by evaporation, so we need quite a few days like today.