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Compassion is an intense desire to embrace people in a way that is not the norm in our world today.

That means making room in our lives for people who might not be there now. It means being hospitable toward people who are different from us and choosing to welcome them into our lives. I don't mean making room in the sense of scooting over to make just barely enough space to squeeze one more person in a crowded row, that is neither hospitable nor compassion. Rather, I'm talking about an intentional attitude of welcome. Compassion is unselfish. Compassion acts in a way that is completely unexpected and thoroughly motivated by love. It's a moving experience at every turn. I don't find it particularly common, but when compassion happens, everyone involved, whether on the giving or receiving end is better because of it. And in today's world, is there anything we need more? This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.