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)
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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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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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