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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

Reprinted 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

FOR JESUS, compassion inspires a genuine loving regard that flows freely from the heart. It is rooted in the restorative compassion of God that is given to all humanity. The radicality of his path is that the healing power of sacred compassion holds us precisely where we are—in our fears and angers, our shames and suppressions, even in our resistance to wanting to love at all. Indeed, within these shadowy impulses we can experience more deeply the healing and renewing presence of God and become filled with a compassion that extends not only toward these very reactivities raging within us but also toward those who trigger them in the first place.

—Frank Rogers Jr. , Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

Could God’s healing presence help you extend compassion toward someone who triggers you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
—Ephesians 4:32 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

A prayer of compassion from Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen
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Lectionary Readings

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8 Comments

  • Joe Parrish Posted January 12, 2020 3:39 am

    Weathering the storms of life: https://
    prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php?d=12&m=1&y=2020

  • Jill Posted January 12, 2020 6:10 am

    Only God can change my heart attitude towards my sister. I must be willing to allow Him to direct my poor feelings, I must surrender them to Him. I need to be careful to not act on auto-pilot when in conversation with her. We spoke twice on the phone yesterday. She is snow-birding in Florida. Dad will be joining her and her husband for most of February and I will be flying down for 6 days to be with them. I need to accept her for who she is and realize she is just being herself. I am the one who needs to change…to love her as she is, not wanting her to be something else. Father, please continue to do Your work in me.
    Had lunch with dad yesterday and did a bit of shopping and took a walk together. I tried to be in each moment, aware of how different the day would have been had I had to have a dreaded conversation with him had my biopsy results been different. I am so grateful to be able to spare him all of that. Crazy mild temperatures here yesterday. Good to be out for a walk, despite the strong winds.
    Reading elsewhere this morning, I was reminded of a good, old hymn…”When morning gilds the skies, my heart awakening cries – May Jesus Christ be praised!” May He indeed be praised and honored in all that we say and do.

  • robert moeller Posted January 12, 2020 6:29 am

    Thanks Joe! Not a sailor, but a soldier, fresh water, not salt, but I have very much enjoyed sailing and water is very precious

    Yes, Jill, we are who we are, the way God made us. Some aspects we are asked by God to change. I think your relationship with your sister is in some ways like my relationship with my son. I do believe God empowers me to do what I do in trying to be supportive or I wouldn’t do what I do. I’m very glad your Dad will get to go to Florida and you will also get a visit.
    That’s a familiar hymn, Jill, May Jesus Christ be praised indeed!
    Off to church today, very thankful for that, Had the best day I’ve had in a week yesterday.
    Prayers for all the UR family, be well, strong, and safe in the Lord. Thank You, Lord.

  • Joyce Kaiser Posted January 12, 2020 6:46 am

    The song “WHEN MORNING GILDS THE SKY” is beautiful. It expresses joy as it says. “May Jesus Christ be praised!” This began as a German song 1828, and was translated to English 1854…by Caswall. I like the stanza ..”Alike at work and prayer, To Jesus I repair…(repair means here “to go”). With bright colors of the rising sun, our hearts awake to gladness- full of praise and thanks. My compassion comes from my awesome God– thanks for the posts comments. This-all has me on an exciting path to begin my day……..amen

  • Julie Posted January 12, 2020 8:08 am

    Ah yes, the universal truth that we all do not necessarily get along with all our family members. We love them but we may not like the person they are. With h, who actually means to do me harm, I cannot extend compassion without creating an opportunity for exploitation. But my mother is someone who triggers me in manner that sounds similar to Jill and her sister. I try to accept her as and where she is in her life experiences. Sigh
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, for their closeness and support of one another.
    Prayers for Robert. So good to hear you are doing better physically. Prayers for all you do for Erich despite a tumultous relationship.
    Prayers for Joyce who has a wonderful understanding of the Bible as well as worship songs. I am learning so much from you and I thank you for sharing your vast knowledge so freely.
    Prayers for Rick as he tries to catch up between semsters.
    Prayers for Andrea, may her back be improving.
    Prayers for Lou as she gets back to her normal scedule and activities with renewed energy.
    Prayers and thank you UR

  • Bj Posted January 12, 2020 10:20 am

    Good morning UR family! But, still is a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. Of course, I hadn’t posted yet until to day. Yes, I am still involved with this group, yes, I still read these still and more wonderful posts. Yes, I still love this clan. I am very grateful for all of you. I am still using my samsung tablet and I do believe that I got a little lazy about posting. When we changed over to New Every Morning, I was a bit confused. Regardless, my prayers were still with this group. Dear friends, be of good courage. May your faith be strong, making you good Christians. I believe Jesus talked with people, trying to teach them how to live for Him. May your heart be strong as you live the way Jesus has taught. Then we will not be selfish but think of the way of God. Bible says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God , believe also in me” (John 14:1). Let us all live so we can be together again in heaven. May you and your well-being be a blessing from God on this day.

    • Bj Posted January 12, 2020 10:21 am

      It didn’t recognize my name and email! Trying time.

  • Rick Posted January 12, 2020 8:28 pm

    Being kind and compassionate does pour forth freely from my heart. Forgiveness is something I had to do a lot of work to learn how to forgive and let go. I’ve found that praying for the heart of forgiveness has helped me and been a blessing. Praying for those I had a grudge with allowed me to grow in body ,mind and spirit.
    Thank you, Joe it was a good reminder to me. Jill, grateful you had a beautiful day with your dad. I had a recent experience with my younger sister. All I needed to do was just listen and found common ground. It was a new beginning. I’m grateful your feeling better Robert. While we don’t always see it, I’m sure your planting seeds of greatness and guiding your son. Thank you Joyce, your keen insight and knowledge is a blessing. Julie, I can relate to “family”. Having safe boundaries is necessary at times with others. Especially when they mean to hurt us. Good to see your post today Bj. Keeping you all and UR visitors in my thoughts and prayers.

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