Does it make us feel better that others are suffering more than we are ?
Do we compare trials and tribulations on a scale that would be bizarre?

Does it make us feel better that we have more food than the entire globe?
Do we take comfort that our neighbor is being tested just as the servant Job?

Does it make us feel better about our loss if others have loss much more?
Do we feel grateful that we are blessed and everyone else’s pain we ignore?

Do we say to those hurting how much harder things could really be?
Do we patronize their sorrows by idioms or give them sympathy?

Does it make us feel better when we are told it could be so much worse?
Do we placate ourselves by thinking that others may suffer a greater curse?

Does it appease us that our friends are having more worries or cares?
Do we take pride in our blessings or offer them our heartfelt prayers?

Do we not give credit that everyone knows there are worse things, fates or events?
Does it matter that things can be worse, it’s not relevant, so hold that two-cents?

~~ Estelle P. Shrum

1 Corinthians 12:26 – KJV
“And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all members rejoice with it.”

We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help. — Henri Nouwen

You know how people remind you that it could always be worse – well I really dislike that expression, so I woke up the other day with this message on my heart to let people know that’s like telling a pregnant woman who just had a miscarriage that it was meant to be – or God knew the baby would not be normal, so He took him/her home. If someone lost an arm – do you remind the person they still have another one?

Everyone knows things could be worse. But it certainly doesn’t make us feel any better in the knowledge that others are suffering worse, or that you could be suffering even more than you are now. I can’t imagine that it would make anyone feel better to look at their neighbor and say, “I feel better because they are suffering more than I am.” Let’s think about what we say to those who are going through a valley.