All people suffer,
It’s a universal condition.
Suffering hurts; it exposes our vulnerabilities.
We can be wounded by circumstances.

In the face of suffering,
It is tempting to harden our hearts:
Make your heart like steel! Impervious to damage!
Unable to be so wounded again.
That’s what some people do.

Or, suffering can soften your heart.
It can open your eyes to the sufferings of others,
Make you feel their pain more keenly,
Seek out those who are similarly wounded
And lament with them, for them, on their behalf.

The Man of Sorrows sought out others who suffered
To comfort them.
If I am to follow Him, I should expect that my ever-softening heart
Will leave me in tears—often,
For there is much in the world worth crying about.