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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

Reprinted 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 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)

Today's Question

How does compassion motivate you to seek justice? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

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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Today's Reflection

Every interior movement we encounter in others—their emotional reactions, their conversations and self-talk, their behaviors whether impulsive or deliberate—is a cry rooted in some form of suffering aching to be soothed, some need fighting to be secured, or some form of joy longing to be celebrated. Their emotions, words, and actions are FLAGs frantically waving for attention and care. Their actions rise out of life-threatening fears, unsatisfied longings, aching wounds still bleeding and raw, and gifts and capacities that are obstructed and stifled. Their actions may seem to be saying I hate the world and everyone in it. But underneath the vehemence lies a deeper cry: I feel beaten down and alone. Someone please see me.

—Frank Rogers Jr. Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

As you interact with people today, who might need a reminder that they are not alone? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.

—Psalm 34:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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Something More

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Today's Reflection

The path of compassion invites us to remember that our belovedness is as secure as the air we breathe. It is the ground on which we have our being. … Remembering, reconnecting with, and rooting ourselves deeply in the loving essence of the universe reminds us of the truth of our sacred belovedness. We deepen our connection with this compassionate presence in various ways—prayer, meditation, solitude, retreat, worship, ritual, fellowship, and community. Many reconnect with this sacred presence by remembering and savoring the sacred moments that have graced them throughout the course of their lives.

—Frank Rogers Jr. Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

What enables you remember your sacred belovedness? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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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.
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Today's Reflection

Compassion is genuine loving regard that flows freely from the heart. Its path transforms perfectionist self-hatred into authentic, empathic self-compassion. It rekindles the care we truly feel for our loved ones and fosters a relationship in which we all feel heard. … The path of compassion emboldens personhood. It restores our capacities to love others and ourselves with equal measure. It leads us back to our humanity.

—Frank Rogers Jr. Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How has your life been transformed by compassion? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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Today's Reflection

The path of compassion offers an antidote to the self-hatred that consumes us. It invites us into a relationship with ourselves that truly knows ourselves as beloved; that holds our own shadows, shames, and internal furies with empathic understanding and healing love; and that restores us to the core of care that is the essence of who we are. Out of the abundance of such self-compassion we are able to have genuine compassion for others—indeed, to love our neighbors with the very same love with which we love ourselves.

—Frank Rogers Jr. Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

When have you noticed a connection between self-compassion and compassion for others? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
—1 John 4:10-11 (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.

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