Feeling the Despondency of Others

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The pain and suffering around me continues to stifle the lofty air
I feel it all the way through to my bones as I capture each individual stare

A casually dressed mother sits across from me with sullen hungry eyes
She looks back at me with trepidation flashing a quick smiling disguise

The weight of the room is heavy, sorrow and weariness tighten their grasp
A surge of despairing energy thickens, many inflicted by grief and each one downcast

I cannot let them know I feel their pain, so I sit there watching all alone
Their loss and heartache screams at me and chills me to the bone

Every heart has a secret waiting to be shared, deeply held within
The situation is dire and I know not what to do or even where to begin

The hidden burdens each one keeps, continue to flood my soul
The pounding of each heart races faster and I begin to lose control

Drowning in the heaviness of a thousand afflictions, I run for the door
Escaping by mere seconds, tears now begin to flood the unstable floor

Split apart by emotions, carried endlessly over the cool morning air
I drop to the hard cold ground, full of heartbreak and despair

The gravity of the world, lays raw and bare upon my troubled chest
If only the Lord would be merciful and comfort those oppressed

Shattered by these thoughts, I try to pull myself together and continue on
I find myself restlessly searching for answers until the day is almost gone

Written by, Michelle Cook

We are called to be a light to others, and to show people that there is hope in the midst of adversity.  The weight of others can often burden us and leave us feeling hopeless.  This happens to me so often and it is overwhelming to me.  I hope each of you will find strength and encouragement for today, and perhaps be able to release any burdens, which may be upon your troubled hearts.  ~M

Here are some verses which remind us, that we will never walk in darkness.

John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 12:46 – I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

1 John 1:6 – If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.


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21 responses to “Feeling the Despondency of Others

  1. Thanks for this, Michelle. I hope your heart, which absorbs so much pain and troubles from others, is also made light of any tribulations.

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  2. Thanks Clarissa! Your kind words mean so much… you always know how to cheer me up! 🙂

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  3. So so true, yet so few understand

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  4. I suppose it’s a good thing that so few people understand this…. If we all experienced this, I think people would be even more miserable than they already are. 🙂 When I wrote this, I was picturing a Sunday morning service at church. Which is crazy right? How can I feel such a sense of hopelessness around people that really shouldn’t be hopeless. But even there, this is what comes across. The hurt and pain is so strong…. I try to avoid crowded places because of this. It’s just too hard feeling the negative emotions of others and then I carry it around with me until I eventually breakdown myself. 😦

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  5. I guess your right. But if people were more sensitive to others then perhaps there would be less grief in this world…..

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  6. That’s very true… we are blessed for having the sensitive ones that we do! 😉

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  7. A powerful poem, Michelle. When I used to do counseling work, I was with struggling people all day and there was only so much I could do. They still had to live their own lives and make their own choices. What I could do was walk beside them so they weren’t alone on the journey. Sometimes that’s the best we can do.

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  8. I applaud people who can do counseling. I don’t know how they ever manage to get through each day after hearing the grievances of so many. And maybe they struggle more than they let on, but most of them seem to be able to control their emotions so well. I would love to know how to do that without coming across as insensitive.

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  9. For me, I think, it came down to realizing that I couldn’t actually “fix” people. That’s why sitting together and saying “you should do this and that,” rarely works. They have the freedom to make their choices, to seek help and advice, or not. When they are ready, they will move forward, whatever that looks like. Counselors support that readiness process and walk beside them. Of course, there were many evenings I went home and cried ❤

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  10. And I don’t think anyone should ever try to “fix” somebody. Definitely the wrong approach. I love my own counselor, because she has never once told me what I should do. She listens and helps me figure out what I can do to help myself, without telling me what to do. She aids in giving me the resources that I need to move forward and that is the best help of all. She prays with me too, which is a huge comfort to me. I don’t have to see her very often, but when I do… I know that I can count on her to listen like a good friend would and to be non-judgmental. She has shed a tear on my behalf before, and I know I have probably sent her home crying too. I wish that wasn’t the case, but when you are sensitive to others needs, you share in their pain.

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  11. Glad to be of service!

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  12. Ahhh, this I well understand. Feel. Pain, sadness, joy, fear. I agree, we are called to love. I believe that’s why I’m here, it’s my gift. And I mean that humbly. Simple love.

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  13. It is definitely your gift, I see it in your writing. ❤️

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  14. I feel it in yours as well. It’s really the only way to frame those overwhelming feelings. Knowing that there’s a calling to love and accept people as they are, to meet them where they are. I don’t know, that’s how I try to frame it! I’m not a churchgoer or a particularly religious person, although that’s in my history. I’m a spiritual person who feels other’s spirits, I think.

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  15. I am not a regular church attender anymore, as I feel the teachings are somewhat limiting and I want to know more. So I have been studying on my own. I am a Christian, but don’t consider myself religious. In fact if I’m honest, I really hate the word religious. My personal relationship with God, is all that really matters to me. I feel his guidance daily. Without his help, I would be completely lost. I also feel closely connected to people in a spiritual way, but only on rare occasions. It’s not something I can really describe, but it’s amazing when it happens.

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  16. That’s wonderful, ~M! It is definitely sacred and personal. That connections sounds amazing. I think I know what you mean. That sort of very deep spiritual connection had only happened to me a few times. One has been recent, and I’m infinitely grateful!!

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  17. Oh I’m so happy for you! What a blessing! And because it’s such a rare occurrence, it means so much more, when we do find a spiritual connection with someone.

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  18. Thank you. Yes, I agree!

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