“Walk a Mile in their Shoes”: The Essence of Empathy

“Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.” (Luke 6:31-33 – Jesus) “Ah, he cool”, says Anthony to his friends who warily regard my approach in the alley behind their place. It had taken a while to gain his trust as I had invited them to our youth house next to the church in St. Paul. My greatest challenge was not in befriending them or their parents, but in working through the distrust between parents of our “churched youth” who came from the suburbs, and the unchurched “neighborhoo

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