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

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)

Today’s Question

What settings enable you to rest in God’s love? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

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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  • robert moeller Posted September 27, 2023 5:30 am

    Quiet Time, walks in nature, prayer, helping others, and receiving Communion are times when I am aware I rest in God’s love. I’d add sending posts to NEM. Thank You, Lord.
    A wonderful breakfast with Bible/book study friends yesterday. More nice fall weather today.
    Glad to read posts from Ally, Julie, and Jill. I post in the morning on my phone and read your posts on my computer in the afternoon. Finally a solution to connections.

  • Ally Posted September 27, 2023 5:55 am

    The very things mentioned here like anxiety, are what throw me off. My dear aunt tells me to rest in the Lord. It requires intentionality and focus on peace to stay grounded. Prayer, study, serving, rest help keep me grounded.
    Yesterday at court, judge saw things our way. Praise the Lord. He said we would revisit in a year. Pray that all will have peace.
    Robert, glad you found a way. I have had some trouble posting. Too. Thank you for your prayers.

  • Jill Posted September 27, 2023 4:20 pm

    Taking time for stillness, sitting with others in their struggles, being in the Word – these are essentials for me. These are who anchor me – and what allow me to face the surgery with peace and confidence, and allow me to sit with others in their disquietness, including my hospice patient.
    I can’t hardly believe that a week ago was surgery. I am doing so well, moving confidently. I drove myself to work today. To celebrate – I stopped at my favorite coffee place and treated myself to my favorite coffee. I also ran an errand all by myself and picked up a few things I needed. I just keep thanking God for how smooth and quick my recovery has been. I am grateful to be able to attend the grief group this evening.
    I was surprised by a Facetime call from my dad aboard the cruise ship. They were docked at Puerto Rico – and because it is a US territory – he was able to call me on my nephew’s phone. He is enjoying himself – spent most the time talking about the food. He was pleased to see how well I am doing. I showed off by lifting my knee all the way to my chest.
    Ally – very happy to hear your and David’s news from court. Very good indeed.

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