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

IN CARING FOR OTHERS we use up a great deal of physical and mental energy. If we do not replenish these limited resources, we run the risk of compassion fatigue. We cannot fulfill our God-given callings to be compassionate human beings in bodies that are constantly neglected and overextended. How we feed, exercise, relax, listen to, and nourish our bodies are matters relevant to faithful discipleship. As Francis of Assisi lay dying, someone asked if he would have changed anything in his ministry. Significantly he responded, “I would have been more kind to my body.”

—Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today’s Question

What do you do to relax and rejuvenate? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.”
—1 Thessalonians 2:9 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Give me the eyes to see when others hurt, the ears to hear when others cry, and the courage to bring light into their darkness.
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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 24, 2019 5:42 am

    I listen to worship songs, instrumental music and scriptures in songs which I also like cause God’s word strengthens me.

    I also like to have a facial, watch a movie or read a book. Sometimes, I just play the piano.

    Thank you God for blessing us with so many ways to relax and rejuvenate!


  • robert moeller Posted September 24, 2019 6:20 am

    I don’t know if I have any specific R&R activities. When I am tired I go to sleep.

    Prayers that Doris benefitted from chemo yesterday. It was an 8 hour procedure. Prayers too that Meesook is recovering from her disc surgery. Thankful for the blessings of yesterday, little tasks accomplished. Continued prayers for Marcy, Julie, Connie, Betsy, Mary, Lou, Jill and Larry, Andrea and Lowell that needs are met. Thank You, Lord.

  • Larry Eugene Dyer Posted September 24, 2019 6:21 am

    1 take a deep breath–2 count to 10–3 meditate/pray–4 personally devote–5 retreat–6 renew 7 plan periods of renewal ………….led. PS. Stop-Look-Listen-Learn-Try-Love more intentionally.

  • Julie Posted September 24, 2019 8:08 am

    I exercise and watch what I eat, I am a vegetarian. I pet the kittens and read.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may they draw near to one another and listen to each other with ears of love and compassion. Robert, from reading your posts I would say that you find walking in nature, working with trains and eating good meals, often ethnic in nature, to be rejuvenating. Do you like the New England Patriots?
    Prayers for Mary and her nephew, may he be recovered from his illness and may she have joy in abundance. Mary, do you still teach?
    Prayers for April, BJ, Betsy, and Lou.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea, Connie and Marcy.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may Larry continue to remain healthy physically and mentally. May he continue to speak candidly with Jill as she listens with the ears of love.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR faithful posters

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 24, 2019 8:17 am

      Yes, Julie, I still teach. Now we are preparing for exams.

      Thanks Julie!

      Yes, stroking your cats is relaxing, pet therapy. I’ve just received a text from my sister that she has booked tickets for both of us to go to a dog’s cafe tomorrow. So exciting!

      May God bless you and Megan abundantly!

  • Lou Posted September 24, 2019 8:21 am

    I like to read and spend time with friends. I live 5 minutes from the beach and I love to just go to the lakefront and walk or take my chair and sit and look at the lake- I especially love the lake in the winter. I also am renewed by worship band music- I sing along in my car probably to the amusement of other drivers…
    I talk to people all day long in my job- sometimes renewal and recharging is just being quiet. I love to read my Bible.
    Prayers for all of the UR pray- ers this day and always. May God bless you all.

  • Jill Posted September 25, 2019 3:33 am

    How very true this is. Being present to someone who is struggling can be very wearing…emotionally, mentally, and in turn – physically. I have come to appreciate the depth of this over the past few years – and try to have an awareness of the heaviness which might be there for my friends as they care for me. Strength to do this well comes only from Our Heavenly Father.
    Father – thank You for enabling others to walk with us, and for putting others in our path so that we make walk with them. Sustain us.
    When I recognize my need to replenish – a walk outside is usually my “go-to”. Sometimes, just lying in my recliner with my cat watching tv. And, guiltily I confess, eating potato chips was how I dealt with stress during caring for my mom. And it still lingers as a bad habit, but one that I am trying to curb…and am making some progress.
    The best, for me tho, is quieting myself in His Presence…either in prayer, meditation on His Word, or worship/praise music.
    Dad is taking a trip today and tomorrow to Niagara Falls. He loves to travel. I pray he will be safe, and hope the memories don’t overwhelm him. A little concerned about him going alone, but respect that he knows what he needs and pray this will assist in continued healing. I believe he is finding great freedom in being able to do so many different things.

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