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I have been a nurse for over 40 years. Sometimes the suffering I bear witness to and attempt to heal is overwhelming and the tendancy is to harden my heart behind technical and so-called professional distance. But when I find the courage to face suffering I find that it breaks my heart open so that compassion and sensitivity to our shared human experience can flow in. It is then that I think of Ezekial 36:26 and feel closest to God.