Monday, December 03, 2007

Empathy

The past couple of weeks have been hard on my family. To protect everyone involved, I will keep it that vague. But something happened recently that just blew me away. I came home after a particularly rough day and had a good cry in my bedroom. Then I came back out to eat dinner with my wife and son. I looked at Marcy and said, "You need to pray." The three of us held hands as she started to pray. Then, I lost it. I started crying uncontrollably over my dinner. In response to this and her own emotions, Marcy started crying, too. So here we are, in the quietness of the evening, holding hands and crying. Then, out of nowhere, Colin started crying. Not just crying, but wailing! He saw his mommy and daddy crying, and he completely lost it! Never have I seen such empathy before. Marcy and I had to compose ourself quickly to go and comfort him. It was about the sweetest thing I have ever experienced!

Romans 12:15: Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

3 comments:

Brian said...

Oh man, I'm sorry brother. I certainly won't dig details, I just wanted you to know you can call me if you need anything!

Brian

kate said...

That was a beautiful post. My sister just had another miscarriage and I have found comfort in the most "random" places. Your post was encouragement for me today.

Scooter 4.0 said...

Micheal, I hope all is well now. You have certainly come along way from expressing your emotions. I remember when the only thing that really, really set you off was when the Browns lost. Oh wait a minute, didn't that just recently happen?!?!?! This wasn't a family cry over the Browns not making it into the playoffs is it? I was ticked. And again on Monday at the Buckeyes! Well, all joking aside you know if you ever need to vent, rage or wrestle with some thoughts you always have a listening ear here! I love you very, very much man.