I liked bink's comment on Letter to a Family Member so much, I asked her if I could post it separately.
She said yes.
"I like how you say what compassion is not.
It matches my vision of God.
How can there be a loving God in all this mess of the world?
Because God is a god of compassion: being with us in our suffering...
and that's about it.
The all-powerful, interfering, wish-granting, string-pulling, punishing, blessing God--I don't see a lot of evidence for that God.
God is the energy that helps sustain good;
which looks pretty much like nothing happening.
I don't see much sign of God interfering to end our suffering/clean up the mess we've made of the world.
But I feel compassion, and I sense that it is bigger than me."
Illustration of a Sufi tale from Love Got Soul. The tale is not told, but you can easily make one up yourself.