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

Gracious God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go.
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  • Jill Posted August 23, 2020 6:34 am

    I feel like I am “full up” of compassion. The reason I say this is because I have been so isolated, I don’t feel like I have been able to be as compassionate towards others as usual. I am grateful for technology – but it sure doesn’t beat being in person with someone, grabbing their hand, holding them in a compassionate embrace. I worry my students won’t feel the depth of my passion for teaching and them, as we meet virtually.
    Julie – it is very good to hear you speak so confidently of your lawyer.
    Cautiously anticipated feeling some ill effects yesterday – but did not, and I am very grateful. I’ve never really had poor side effects from any type of meds in the past. That is why my experience these past several months was so strange to me. Of course, I can still see some arise. But, was pleased to feel no worse for wear yesterday. It is good to be grateful for normalcy.
    Will visit with my colleague who is fighting breast cancer today. The pathology results following her lumpectomy were not what she had hoped for. The chemo did not do as good of a job as anticipated. However, the lymph nodes came back clear – so that is a praise. She is mentally preparing herself for the upcoming regimen of chemo and radiation.

  • Julie Posted August 23, 2020 8:18 am

    I, too, have not been able to show compassion as I like during this time of lockdown. I know I also need to learn to show and accept compassion for myself. This is a foreign concept for me. I have received little during my life. I like to give but am unable to receive, in many ways.
    Prayers for Jill as she awaits the results of her medicine. Prayers that her students sense her compassion through their computer interactions. Prayers for her friend who continues to struggle with cancer.
    Prayers for Robert and his compassion and witnessing to his son. May his actions bear fruit.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

  • robert moeller Posted August 23, 2020 8:27 am

    Except that I have not been “with” people physically due to the pandemic, most of my compassionate efforts have continued. The pandemic has made me more compassionate to myself by providing opportunities to work on models.

    Glad that there have been no side effects from the new meds Jill is taking,
    I have to review previous reflections to know more what is happening with Julie. Confidence in a lawyer
    is essential. I pray for the best possible solution.

    ZOOM worship at 10 this morning, Had a walk, breakfast, and am ready.
    God’s blessings to all of you, now and always. Thank You, Lord.

  • April Posted August 23, 2020 8:47 pm

    Compassion received and given are in my thinking, blessings from our Father, who sent His Son, and the Holy Spirit to comfort us so that we could be a comfort to others. Comfort to me is synonymous with compassion. I find myself on the route of compassion in being aware of this gift from above, sent down to me so that I can be a comfort/compassionate to others.
    When I am outside, and pulling weeds, I think it is an invitation to others that they can talk to me, and so some do. I hear good and not-so-good things, but I listen and offer answers that I can. The COVID-19 effects are soaking in for many as the summer is ending, fall is starting , and where was their spring and summer? some are still waiting…some are lamenting that it has passed them by. Each day was 24 hours….and we spent it, somehow. May I be mindful of the blessing of each day and spend it well, it is a gift from God.
    I echo the prayers and blessings posted above. I think about the pretty newly painted room for Jill and how she will enjoy it. I am thinking of Lou and her children, may all go well with each of you. I pray that Ally and David have had a good weekend. I received a postcard notifying me of the passing of a former pastor due to COVID. I was sad to read of this and reflected on the times we attended services, the messages that still remain in my memory.
    Lord God, I lift to you our UR Family as we rest this weekend and prepare for the week ahead. May our work be pleasing unto you. May we be compassionate and shine your love to all when we show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Blessings.

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