We need to be good Samaritans to ourselves as well as to others by extending self-compassion every day in small, practical ways. For instance, people with eating disorders rarely need to be told to be more compassionate toward other people. They are often some of the most caring, sensitive, and nurturing people we know. They are the ones who put everyone else’s needs before their own and who are willing to sacrifice their own comfort and preferences. … Likewise, we need to locate within ourselves the Samaritan to the self, the part of us that is willing to address pain rather than look away from it. What choice will we make as we see a glimpse of our suffering self on the side of the road?
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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But you, my Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy; you are very patient and full of faithful love.
—Psalm 86:15 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to always draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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