WHERE DOES COMPASSION START? (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verse 1 sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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Where does compassion start?
How does compassion grow?
Her seed is at the heart
of every faith we know:
compassion honours others’ place,
dethroning self with willing grace.

How does compassion thrive
in worlds of greed and grief?
Her goodness stays alive
through those of strong belief:
compassion, luminous and clear,
outshining wastes of war and fear.

Where is compassion’s role
in cultures, or in creeds?
At centre, with the soul
who feels another’s needs:
compassion brings the touch of friend,
a bandage that will bind and mend.

Dynamic is the power
that heals, restores and gives,
connecting at the core
with everyone who lives,
transcending culture, colour, race,
compassion builds the house of peace.

Author / Composer Comments

From Shirley Erena Murray: This text is a response to the Charter for Compassion and was written in November 2009.
From Ron Klusmeier: I set these words to music almost immediately after receiving them from Shirley in May 2010. I knew nothing of the Charter for Compassion until learning about it from Shirley. For more information, visit charterforcompassion.org.

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