"Try a Little Tenderness" is the title of an old song about human relationships. It still works, but it's not just about being kind. Real tenderness is compassion, a gentleness that comes from "suffering with." It begins with seeing ourselves. When pain and fear threaten to overwhelm, and instead of denying or blaming, we admit to our vulnerability, we begin to see the suffering all around us.  And then we see heroism too, in the eyes of our fellow humans who keep on going anyway.  Jesus forgave those who thought that by eliminating him they could kill the power of a love so great that it threatened their own. They really DIDN'T know what they were doing. But his was the new covenant, the end of vengeance. Take a moment to make friends with your true self, tenderly, and pass it on.

~ The Reverend Eileen F. Vizcaino

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~Luke 1:78-79

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