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

JESUS OFFERS a spiritual path that cultivates [radical] compassion. Many times compassion comes easily and naturally, like a child seeing a wounded bird and spontaneously tending to its broken wing. When whole and vital, our hearts automatically beat with care and connection. Often, however, much less sympathetic impulses drive our lives. The pulse of our spirit accelerates with drivenness or hyper-reactivity, it shuts down and dulls with numbness or fatigue, and it beats erratically in cycles of rage and withdrawal or compulsion and shame. Sometimes, compassion requires cultivation – the pulse of our lives feels off, it beats out of sync with the pulse of God’s love, and it requires restoration to the tender heartbeat of care.

At such times, the spiritual path of Jesus offers us a way to realign ourselves with God, to restore the pulse of our spirit, and to resuscitate and sustain our God-given capacities to embody care in the world. This spiritual path contains four rhythmic movements that transform the depleted or hardened heart to beat once more in harmony with the loving heartbeat of God. This fourfold rhythm entails deepening our connection with the expansive compassion of God, cultivating a self-compassion that recalibrates our erratic pulse to the steady pulse of our restored humanity, cultivating a compassion for the suffering that afflicts someone’s humanity, and responding with concrete acts of embodied care and connection.

– Frank Rogers Jr
Compassion in Practice

From pages 34-35 of Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2016 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When has your faith led you to compassion? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 8:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for the victims of violence. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Rita of Cascia (May 22).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 25, 2018 4:41 am

    Giving people rides is a new activity for me.

    Today’s reflection requires more careful reading on my part. There’s a lot to absorb and understand.

    Thankful for a full night’s sleep, the new food is helping Pearl go longer between meals. Was able to accomplish a lot yesterday. It was a busy morning to mid afternoon day. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for all of you, hope to write more individual messages later today.

  • Andrea Posted May 25, 2018 6:55 am

    Robert, I pray for your sweet kitten, Peatl, as well as you, Erich and Anneliese.

    Please pray for Ron. He was diagnosed with lung cancer a short time ago. He had surgery 4 1/2 weeks ago, which was suddenly halted (before the tumor could be excised) when the surgeon nicked an artery and he began to bleed. Today, the surgeon will attempt again to remove the tumerous portion of his lung. Please pray also for hos wife, Sue.

    My husband and I are going to my grandson’s preschool’s picnic with my daughter today. Please pray for our relationships.

    Prayers for UR friends. I am thinking of Marcy, whose absence from commenting leaves a hole… but I believe she continues to be with us in spirit. Marcy, when it is difficult for you to comment, know that this circle of prayer warriors cares, misses you, and wraps you in prayer.


    • robert moeller Posted May 25, 2018 7:16 am

      Thank you, Andrea, prayers for a wonderful time with your grandson, daughter, and son-in-law. that is a memorable event.

      Pearl is doing well.

      Most certainly prayers for Ron and his surgery, careful work by the surgeon, and God’s comfort and peace for everyone.

      Yes, Marcy is very much on our hearts and I agree that even when we do not hear from her, she is in our thoughts and prayers. The same is true for Rusty and K and all who have come and posted on the UR.

      • Andrea Posted May 26, 2018 6:09 am

        Thank you, Robert. Yes, prayers for Rusty and K, too. I miss Rusty’s comments. Wishing you and Erich a good Memorial Day weekend. Prayers and blessings.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 25, 2018 7:36 am

    When i go through difficult times, then will i understand how people feel at their difficult situations. I think the most recent one is when mt dad was hospitalused for three months. Grateful for my siblings to take turns with me to be with our dad and reporting through our chat group the progress of my dad or some days the worsening of my dad’s situation.

    Now when colleagues tell me of their family members’ hospitalisation, i could sympathise with them and pray for them more intelligently.

    Blessings to all

    Very grateful for the weekend though tomorrow, i am attending a long day of staff training from 9am till 6pm. The venue of the training is also very far from my house. Hope i can find it easily.

    May all be at peace with God and one another!

    • Julie Posted May 25, 2018 7:50 am

      Prayers for you, Mary, as you care for your parents. Prayers for a restful weekend and that you easily find your training location. May you gain much from the training. God bless you and keep you in His caring arms.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 25, 2018 11:29 pm

        Thanks Julie. Found the venue easily and was half an hour earlier


  • Julie Posted May 25, 2018 7:46 am

    I add that I also continue to pray and think of those who have visited and commented but have not commented recently. I woory about Marcy.
    How wonderful for you, Andrea, that you and Lowell are being included by your daughter once again. I pray that you relationship continues to be strong. I pray that you have a great time and great weather. I will add Ron and Sue to my prayers.
    Prayers for you Robert. So glad you were able to accomplish much yesterday and did so safely. Prayers for Pearl, Erich and Anneliese.
    Blessings and prayers for and thank you to all of the UR family
    The chief happiness for a man is to be what he is.
    Desiderius Erasmus

    • Andrea Posted May 26, 2018 6:11 am

      Thank you for your prayers, Julie. We had a very nice day with my daughter and grandson at the preschool picnic. Prayers for you. Blesdings.

      • Andrea Posted May 26, 2018 6:11 am


  • Gail Churchill Posted May 25, 2018 7:59 am

    Sometimes I get impatient with people and want to say and/or think snippy things. This typically happens during a phone conversation. I remember the cross, Thank You Jesus, and temper my conduct accordingly.

  • robert moeller Posted May 26, 2018 6:31 am

    Andrea – Grateful all went well at your grandsons graduation and you had wonderful family time.

    Mary made it to her training early, that often happens when you live far away.
    Your parents are doing well, that’s a blessing. We don’t know what another person’s life is like until we walk in their shoes. Doing so helps us grow spiritually and in many other ways.

    Prayers for Julie, her hands and foot, daughter, and well being. Hope the lilacs are out there and your cats are well.

    Praying for Marcy and her cat Lucy. Saw a video of a 1904 Henschel Type Bismarck steam locomotive in operation. Two locomotives of this type operated on the Hersfeld District Railroad in 1912.

    Although I am not a frequent cemetery visitor, I was glad to find my aunt, Mom’s sister, in the cemetery where most of Mom’s family are buried. She was a second Mom to me.

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