In The Gift of Compassion, author Becca Stevens offers practical help for pastors, Stephen ministers, congregational caregivers, and other laity serving the broken-hearted. With a central message on the importance of simply being present for people who are grieving, Stevens combines practical how-to's with prayers, Scriptures, suggestions fro ways to serve the sacraments, and inspiration about the peace of God that passes all understanding.
This small book outlines meaningful ways to show compassion through planning visits, writing notes, finding appropriate Scriptures and prayer to read, avoiding cliches, and offering the presence of God to people suffering through the dark and searching experience of grief.
Stevens’s Gift places a compassionate arm around the shoulder of the weary caregiver as she speaks words of refreshment: God is the source of love, Jesus is the way of compassion, life-giving communities embody love, and in all ways, the goal of living is compassion.--Evon O. Flesberg, Vanderbilt Divinity School
From the the snowstorm that creates a shelter for her writing to the eucharist shared with her brother, Stevens writes evocatively and insightfully. Poetic and practical, Steven’s book is a rare find; the kind I buy for my bedside, the newly ordained, the freshly diagnosed, the giver of care.
-- Holly McKissick, pastor, Peace Christian Church, Kansas City, MO and Overland Park, KS
In this moving and practical discussion of compassionate care, Becca Stevens offers important insights and resources for all those engaged in the life-giving work of caring for the grieving. Through stories, prayers, and scriptures, she equips her readers to be authentically present to those who walk through the long valley of the shadow of grief and loss. Stevens demonstrates ways in which grace empowers caregivers to “simply show up and believe that in love we can find our way home.”
Lee Franklin, Chaplain Resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas