Compassionate action must serve and sustain our own healing and restoration. Cultivating compassion is not an invitation to minimize our needs for healing and wholeness, to silence our voices, to abandon our personal power, or to lose ourselves in endless caretaking to the point of depletion and fatigue. Compassion yearns for the flourishing of all life, including our own. Our capacity for genuine compassion flows out of the strength and fullness of our vitality.
—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)
Who supports you on the journey toward personal healing and wholeness? Join the conversation.
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
If you’re interested in exploring the topic of practicing compassion further, join us on September 29-30, 2023 for RESILIENCE, a virtual event designed to equip us to live compassionately in the midst of conflict. Early bird registration ends on August 1, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.