New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

How do we begin to care less compulsively? First, we honor the gap between our feelings of care and compassion for someone and our desire to help immediately. When we feel another person’s pain, rather than leaping into any set or predetermined active response, we acknowledge that we don’t know exactly what this person needs. Our initial response must simply be our presence; we listen deeply and get alongside the suffering person. Inwardly, we direct a glance Godward and ask, “Lord, how would you have me respond here?” With this modest attitude we seek the whisperings of the Spirit, respect the mystery of our neighbor, and practice the art of compassionate nondoing.

—Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today’s Question

Think of a circumstance where you are called to show compassion. Ask yourself, “Lord, how would you have me respond here?” Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
—Matthew 10:40 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 3, 2021 8:23 am

    Discerning what and how to be compassionate requires some extra help in some specific cases for me. Theres the obvious and then there’s the difficult. In those difficult situations I stumble a lot, yet I get up and repeatedly try again.
    Got some medical help for an infection in my left ear canal. Starting to feel better, will pick up meds while out doing errands this morning and having lunch with church friends.
    It’s try number 3 on the Brill car front end stripes. I’m getting better, but not there yet.
    Thankful for the much needed rain that comes off and on as slow, soaking, gentle precipitation.
    HAPPY 4th of July, may we live up to the statements made when the country was founded.
    If all humans are created equal then all humans must be treated equally. We have work to do!
    God wants that as well. Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day.

  • Julie Posted July 3, 2021 8:48 am

    I am guilty of this, in that I hear someone’s pain and immediately want to help. I need to practice what this author describes.
    So, yesterday we had a package delivered…I saw it on our front stoop…Megan went out to get and it was already gone. We tried to ascertain if it was something she or I had ordered and also asked h. Fedex said we had to report the theft to the police and so before I did this I asked h and he refused to answer me…so we contacted the police. This morning I alerted h that I had done this and he asked me why and I related that I had to in order to seek help from Fedex. He stated that when I asked him I said I would assume he had gotten it and he said since he didn’t answer I should have taken that as his agreement. This is what I have lived with for 24 years!
    Prayers for Ally, David and Marcy’s health and finances. Prayers for Jill, Larry, Becky and Robert and their relationships with family members, may they grow stronger and more harmonious. Prayers for all NEM commentors. May all have a wonderful fourth celebration with loved ones.
    Thank you for your prayers and God bless all who visit this site.

  • Jill Posted July 3, 2021 3:18 pm

    “The art of compassionate nondoing” – how radical, yet – how needed in some situations. Yes, just mere presence often does the trick. Silence, listening, a gentle touch. Sometimes for myself, I don’t need the other to solve something, to fix something – I just need someone to listen.
    Dad decided he wanted to play golf this morning and we were able to get a tee time. We actually beat the Saturday morning foursome crowds and played at our own pace on a beautiful cool morning. Dad played well – shot his age for the first time this year (87). Me – not my day. I spread mulch for him when we returned to his house. When I got home, I climbed up on my garage roof and started lopping off branches and the unruly vine that is everywhere on the side of my yard and through my trees. After all that, I took a nap. Catching up on Wimbledon and will probably take a bike ride this evening, and it is a comfortable sunny day.
    Yesterday was an enjoyable time, celebrating my sister’s birthday (her husband celebrating that it was her Medicare birthday!) We had pizza and brookies, followed by lots of games. The women beat the men at 2 of the 3 different games we played. We took a walk as well. These days mean so much to dad. I think we all quietly recall when there were 5 of us around the table.

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