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)
How can you connect with God’s compassion in each emotional state you experience?
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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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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.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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