Monday, August 11, 2008

Singing Songs to A Heavy Heart

One of my takeaways today was an offhand quote by a professor, describing our attempts to make somebody act happy when they really need sympathy and empathy. He quoted the end of Proverbs 25:20, which wasn't very familiar to me, but I'm trying now to commit it to memory:

"Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart."

Like many proverbs, it's both pithy and profound. How true. And how hard it is sometimes to know when to apply which truth!