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 desert sages sought to ground themselves in Divine Compassion when they experienced fear, anguish, sadness, despair, and longings—and from all other conceivable emotional states. They called upon God, trusting that the compassion of God would surround them with safety, strength, and fearless calm. These sages knew that before we can offer full compassion to others, we must begin settling into this sense of endless strength, safety, and calm. This deep connection satisfies a fundamental need in human life. We cannot thrive without it.

—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How can you connect with God’s compassion in each emotional state you experience?
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Today’s Scripture

Don’t fear, because I am with you;
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you
with my righteous strong hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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Something More

Join us this weekend, September 29-30, 2023, for our virtual event, RESILIENCE. Together, we will explore how practicing compassion can transform our relationships in a world marked by conflict and division. If you can’t make it, register anyway to receive the session recordings. Take $25 off admission when you use the code NEW at checkout. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted September 26, 2023 7:19 am

    Pray the prayer of this week beyond this week and always. Some situations are easier than others, God helps us through every one.
    A bright sunny day. Off to breakfast with Bible/book study friends from TX this morning.
    Hope Jill is doing well after surgery and being back at school. Thank You, Lord.

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