The process of being grounded in Compassion, resting in Love, is the beginning point and abiding core of every compassion practice in the Christian traditions. This grounding in Compassion stabilizes and calms us amid whatever wilderness struggles we may find ourselves. … Without grounding in the Presence of Compassion, any fears, anxieties, tensions, and other reactivities that circle within us can overwhelm us, locking us into … states that throw us off the path we long to travel. But with it, we can be open and available to have Compassion fill and shape our lives. Grounding in the Presence of Compassion forms a foundation on which we can build compassionate lives.
—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
—Isaiah 26:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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