Empathy allows is to see the connections between us, making strangers less strange, foreigners less foreign. When we adopt other people’s perspectives, we do more than step into their shoes - we use their eyes, we borrow their skin, we feel their hearts beating within us, we lose ourselves and enter into their world, as if we were them. I emphasize those words once again because they are so critically important and so often misunderstood. With empathy, we do not step into others’ experience to see it with our eyes - empathy demands that we see it with their eyes. Through that experience we are fundamentally changed. Empathy, changes how we see, how we live...and how we believe. We find Jesus, and it's where he finds us.
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