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.


Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart

Amy Lyles Wilson, compiler and editor • October 2008

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Do you practice extreme compassion? When a calamity strikes, you're ready to organize, donate, volunteer.

But there are quieter personal tragedies all around you every day. Whether it's a faraway look in the eyes of a coworker, friend, family member, or stranger at the next table in the coffee shop, burdens come in all sizes but weigh equally.

Carrying one another's burdens means being attuned to stressed intimates as well as suffering strangers.

Sometimes we all may be a little guilty of stepping over those we know and love to reach out as part of a big project to someone in trouble across the globe. And we should do that. But assume someone near you right now needs a little of your time, a bit of your spirit and your listening heart.

"Compassion: Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart invites us to consider that our attention to the little things makes it easier to appreciate the concerns of our friends, families, communities, and the world at large," writes compiler and editor Amy Lyles Wilson. "In so doing, we can begin to conduct our lives with an ever-present spirit of compassion instead of saving such outpouring for tragic situations and natural disasters."

The essays in this powerful little book provide examples for doing just that — whether it's tending injured animals or bearing the burdens of another. Writers as varied as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wendy Wright, and Robert Corin Morris urge us to appreciate the gift that compassion offers. You'll be guided through several practical paths of enhancing your capacity to care.

Remember: What goes around comes around. Think how grateful you'll be when someone notices the lost, faraway look in your eyes one day and responds with compassion.

Categories: Series, Young Adults
Amy Lyles Wilson, M.A., M.T.S., is a story coach and spiritual director in Nashville, Tennessee. With degrees in English, journalism, and theology, and more than 30 years of experience in the world of words, Amy works to explore and enhance the relationship between spirituality and creativity. She has coauthored or contributed to 8 books, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, as well as on National Public Radio. Amy has served as adjunct professor and writer-in-residence at the Earlham School of Religion. In addition, she holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Haden Institute, and is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate. Her tagline is, “It’s the sharing of our stories that saves us.” www.amylyleswilson.com

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9955-0

Imprint: Fresh Air

Pub Date: October 2008

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 6.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 96

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

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