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

The Christian tradition teaches that the route to compassion begins with God. Resting in Divine Compassion, we turn to offer compassion to ourselves. Once we find healing and wholeness there, the compassionate impulse invites us out into the world as agents of God, bearers of compassion—first for those dear to us and then for those we find difficult.

—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

Where do you find yourself on the route to compassion? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
—2 Corinthians 5:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 1, 2023 6:03 am

    Have been compassionate for a long time, sometimes more, sometimes less, but helping others is in my heart. Thank You , Lord. It’s World Communion Sunday, a new month. Thankful for posts from NEM family. Will respond shortly.

  • Ally Posted October 1, 2023 8:50 am

    My route to compassion. I do feel I am a compassionate person. Sometimes I need a compassion top-up. I do think, like Julie, that compassion must be modeled for us, so we can know how. We also look to Jesus for this. Thanks for your prayers for David and me. My sister has been visiting and is on her way home today. Please pray for traveling mercies.

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