LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of June 20, 2021
Compassion fatigue is one topic among many concerns in these hopefully waning days of pandemic challenges. The unrelenting need for compassionate care has many teachers and other care givers simply worn out. Many have suffered emotional trauma and strength-sapping stress. They want to give up; depression dampens will power. Therapists are busy. Everyone needs renewal.
Compassion fatigue is nothing new. Jesus’ disciples through all ages have suffered it. You yourself are likely no stranger to it either—especially right now. If you thirst for therapy, listen to Jesus:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matt. 11:28-30).
Yes, give your fatigue to Jesus. Talk to Him. Open your Bible and listen to Him too. Even Jesus took time for rest and conversation with the Father (Matt. 14:23; Luke 5:15–16). Jesus knows your story. It was His too.
God wants you to continue despite your fatigue. Your students need your compassion. Paul urged, And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:9–10).
Some of the strongest godly encouragement, still potent today, comes from the Old Testament to people like us—exhausted, discouraged, beleaguered, and even persecuted. Nothing written in this devotion could be better than God talking to you:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
The Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
And to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
And young men shall fall exhausted;
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
They shall run and not be weary;
They shall walk and not faint (Is. 40:28–31).
Wait for the Lord. Enjoy your flight! Let God get your oomph back.
Music matters: What else?
Mindful matters: How do you take your burdens and troubles to God? How did He lead you to strength? Go back and underline phrases quoted above upon which you most need to meditate.
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association
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