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 setting enables 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

Gracious God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go.
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  • Jill Posted August 19, 2020 5:44 am

    The beach is a wonderful place where I rest, in more ways than one. But, daily, my time in the morning provides me with a place of rest from which to begin the day. Often – the day just passes by, with its busyness and usual activities. But – when I sense I am off kilter – I am often able to take a moment or a few moments and return to the rest and quiet of the morning.
    A word in the writing caught my eye – “reactivities”. I don’t even know if I knew that was a word. I am assuming it is similar to reactions…how those used to throw me and hold me in a bad place. Thank You, Father – for Your Peace – my new and improved reactivity.
    A colleague is joining dad and me this morning for golf. He has joined us twice this summer. He teaches chemistry in our program. He’s really a good guy, quiet and thoughtful. Before entering the teaching profession, he was a golf pro at a club in Michigan. Dad and I are envious of his game. He is very kind to give my dad pointers.

  • Julie Posted August 19, 2020 8:36 am

    I never thought of a place that enables to rest in God’s love. I never feel quite safe anywhere. But I find deep breathing and certain images and memories slow my reactions and focus my mind on God and His love and compassion. This allows me to think before I react.
    Prayers for Jill, Larry and her collegue as they enjoy a morning golfing and talking and learning, may they enjoy the day together and the company.
    Prayers for Robert as he continues to find new insights into God’s word through Bible study. Again, I thank you for all of your information. Megan has watched some Korean shows but none of the ones you mentioned. We subscribe to a service named PLEX and one can simply request any movie, show or whatever and they will post it to your account.
    Prayers for Ally and David as they both grapple with their own issues be they health or job related.
    Tazzie’s blood work revealed that he has kidney disease which is a common senior kitty issue. He is now on kidney function food only instead of the other prescription he has been on for his pancreatitus. The vet assures me that this change will not adversely affect his pancreas. Because of the kidney issue he is also low in potassium and needs to start a supplement.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

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