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

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)

Today’s Question

When have you had compassion on yourself? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

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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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted April 15, 2023 9:23 am

    When I sought out therapy and every week as I attend and have faith and invest in the process.
    Many errands to run today with Megan. Tomorrow I will attend church and run my own errands. I hope to have a walk with my friend I reconnected with after many years.

    • Gail Posted April 15, 2023 11:53 am

      Yours is a powerful testimony about having compassion for oneself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jill Posted April 15, 2023 4:07 pm

    Julie – that is where my thoughts went as well…when I took the step to find a new spiritual director. I knew I had to be my best self, in order to help others in their time of need.
    I am also trying very hard, in this time of no activity, to care for my body by being more careful about what I am eating. I run everyday to help maintain my weight. So, now – I must modify my consumption of poor foods, because I am not burning off the calories. I don’t know that this is exactly compassion – but it has been good to be mindful. It also has made me realize that I don’t need to run EVERY day. I can be wise about my food choices and moving forward will be more gentle with my aging body. The physical therapist who worked me out in the “gym” was very disgusted that I never took a day off. It had always worked for me before – but I am certainly not as young as I used to be. (What an astute observation, huh?)
    Been lounging around today, watching golf and basketball. My team plays at 6…so getting ready to eat so I can focus on the game.
    Another beautiful day here. There were a few rumbles of thunder, but the sun remained out. The kittens continue to live in the windows. The magnolias have bloomed this week and are now dropping their petals. The yard across the street is blanketed.

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