The pain that moves us is nestled within social conditions that perpetuate it. People ravaged by hunger, discrimination, violence, and disease live within a web of social complexities. Their affliction is rooted in and aggravated by power inequities, cultural prejudices, unjust economic systems, inattentive institutional policies, and oppressive political powers. And suffering will continue as long as the social structures that sustain it remain unchecked and untransformed. Compassionate action, therefore, can take the form of public advocacy, political lobbying, education, reform campaigns, nonviolent resistance, and civil disobedience. Compassion seeks justice.
—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
—Isaiah 30:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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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)
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