Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice, Weep With Those Who Weep

Greg Strand – March 15, 2013 2 Comments

This four minute video, entitled “Empathy,” was produced by the Cleveland Clinic and presented by the health care organization’s CEO at his annual State of the Clinic address. (In including this video, I am only highlighting the video, and not saying anything about the institution or organization.)

Though no words are spoken, the video highlights people in the hospital with captions of what each individual is thinking or feeling. It concludes with a the following question: If you could stand in someone else’s shoes… Hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently?

Though this is not a distinctively Christian video, it is quite powerful. And as a Christian, it conveys powerful truths that are rooted in Christian truth, beginning with the dignity of all human beings as they are created in the imago Dei, the image of God. We are called to love and care for all human beings, especially those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:9-10).

It is important to keep two key truths before us – one from the  life of the Lord Jesus, and one from an exhortation from Paul.

Jesus: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36; cf. Matt. 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Mk. 1:41; 6:34; 8:2).

Paul: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15).

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice, Weep With Those Who Weep

  1. Greg,
    Really wonderful piece. I will share this with our staff here at Hershey Medical Center. BTW, worked with David Martin at Hershey Free (he is mentoring me towards transfer of Ordination).
    Thank you Greg

    • Greg, I am grateful to hear you found the video presentation so helpful. As I stated, though not done from a Christian perspective, it certainly can be used to teach and model biblical truth. I am encouraged to hear you are working with David Martin on your Transfer of Ordination. David is a good brother and a dear friend. He has served with me on the Spiritual Heritage Committee.

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