A lot of people hate to give their time or their heart or thier ear ,but instead bounce the 'solution away from themselves to an institution,which can be a Church or other.
Some examples:a good neighbour says they are broke and can't buy groceries this week,so you point them to the social services,or a Catholic, to saint vincent de paul,or S.S Someone tells you they are depressed months after a bereavement or similiar and you tell them to see a doctor,a psychiatrist(drugs)etc. You see it on forums christian, all the time;
Now if someone is always complaining then it is a different thing ,but Turtle has introduced a very important lesson we must all learn, and that is that the first port of call for a christian to function as such is in being a 'good neighbour'.Not necessarily friends,but there to help in case of need ,there is no one nearer .We are kind of neighbours here,and the first available is not God ,but those here on this forum.
Jesus said "How can you love the God you have never seen ,if you do not love the neighbour that you can
Yes sometimes we cannot do very much ,but at least we can listen.
So Turtle,I hear you ,and yes I can identify,because our family, are with God the most important to us,and they can break our hearts. Even when we are doing our best to overcome too much attachment we can get hit with unexpected loneliness and emotional pain.
If we lose this faculty to empathise ,we would be more like buddhists than christians or whatever.
Edited by Organic Medicine, 28 May 2014 - 08:57 AM.