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

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)

Today’s Question

Who supports you on the journey toward personal healing and wholeness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

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.

Something More

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.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Jill Posted June 29, 2023 9:05 am

    My spiritual director helps me – guides me in looking back, as well as potential opportunities ahead. There has been a bit of a shift with my friends. My friend with the dogs, with whom I work through a book with – we just aren’t as close, don’t have as much communication as we have had in the past. It is not natural to “go deep” with her like we used to. I feel like I have acclimated well to this. My friend who has just divorced – she is going through so very much – that I don’t go deep with her regarding things on my heart – just don’t want to burden her at this time. My new friend from tennis last summer has bridged the gap to an extent, but she does not share my faith. We went so deep, so fast, last summer as she was caregiving for her mom, until she passed at the end of summer. That has laid the foundation for us to have intensive conversations. I have a burden to share Christ with her and continue to pray for her. She knows of my faith, acknowledges it – but I am just trying to stay in tune with the Spirit – and subtly weave things into conversation. I was excited to share with her my intent to train as an end of life doula.
    My small group and members of previous small groups have been instrumental in my healing and growing process.
    I didn’t really think about that…just typed it…”healing and growing”. As I think about it now, they are not mutually exclusive.
    I have been having some tooth pain and was able to be worked into my dentist’s schedule yesterday morning. After an exam and an x-ray – he has referred me to an endodontist for a likely root canal. I didn’t want this to linger over the holiday weekend. Gratefully – I have an appointment tomorrow morning. If it is deemed I need a root canal – I will be able to have it tomorrow morning.
    Dad cancelled golf this morning, because the air quality warnings keep coming as the smoke from the Canadian fires has settled in here quite a bit. It is better than yesterday, but wise to not be out there for an extended time.
    I am meeting with the hospice volunteer coordinator this afternoon – for training. I hope to have a better idea of what the timeline looks like and when I will be volunteering.

  • Julie Posted June 29, 2023 9:47 am

    My therapist. She and I clicked. It is like talking to a friend. She has helped me immensely in my journey to heal from the trauma and abuse I have experienced my entire life.

  • Ally Posted June 29, 2023 8:50 pm

    This is where I am right now. I’m worn out from caretaking. My new job is really demanding. I spend my days off taking David to appointments. I feel myself slipping. I am going to see if some of my church family can help with taking David to appointments.There were 2 today and 1 tomorrow. Errands to run tomorrow as well. Lots of laundry and housework. I need respite. I feel God doesn’t see me. I know God does. But I feel very alone right now.

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