When I was in college, I heard the term “compassion fatigue” for the first time. Experts say that this happens whenever individuals are overexposed traumatic events and feel too overwhelmed to help. Many blame this on the widespread nature of the media, because the media shares nearly every traumatic event that happens in the world.
It’s a term that is important to recognize in our own lives. In the past two weeks, I have heard many stories of persecution- Pastor Nadarkhani in Iran, the death of the Members of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. Christian protestors in Egypt, the suicide bomber in Indonesia. Sometimes I am overwhelmed- I feel helpless and I don’t know how to pray, advocate or encourage our brothers and sisters who are suffering!
The bible says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”- Galatians 6:9. It is so important to continue to pray, advocate for and encourage our fellow Christians who are persecuted.
This is a feat that is impossible on our own- we must depend on God and His strength. He will guide us in our prayers. He will show us how to advocate on their behalf. He will give us words that will encourage them.
Lord, I know that without you, I am susceptible to compassion fatigue. Guide me and use me to encourage these dear brothers and sisters who suffer through so much for Your sake!