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 path of compassion offers an antidote to the self-hatred that consumes us. It invites us into a relationship with ourselves that truly knows ourselves as beloved; that holds our own shadows, shames, and internal furies with empathic understanding and healing love; and that restores us to the core of care that is the essence of who we are. Out of the abundance of such self-compassion we are able to have genuine compassion for others—indeed, to love our neighbors with the very same love with which we love ourselves.

—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

When have you noticed a connection between compassion for yourself and compassion for others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
—1 John 4:10-11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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Something More

If you’re interested in exploring the topic of practicing compassion further, join us on September 29-30, 2023 for RESILIENCE, a virtual event designed to equip us to live compassionately in the midst of conflict. Early bird registration ends on August 1, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted June 27, 2023 5:56 am

    The scriptures suggest that if we don’t care for ourselves, we cannot care for others adequately. The same can be said for grace or compassion. Sometimes comp for myself and others is something I have to work at. But being kind to myself does help me be kinder to others. Love to all. Second week of my job. Trying to get used to getting up early.

  • Julie Posted June 27, 2023 9:32 am

    I have a hard time being compassionate to myself due to my history of trauma and abuse. I am working on this and do notice that I am less reactive with others and recognize that others are going through tough times also. Life is hard.

  • Jill Posted June 27, 2023 10:38 am

    I feel like I have a pretty good sense of when I need to take a step back and take care of myself. It is very easy for me to take for granted my solitude time, being single. Mostly I can catch myself needing to take a step back when I am away with dad, Don and Becky. I have a restlessness, a need for quiet an little stimulation. Once I am able to recognize this, acknowledge it for what it is – I can recalibrate and reengage. My life can be very rhythmic – a great sense of comfort to me. With self awareness, I can step out of rhythm, and still be an enjoyable (I hope) person to be around.
    Gloomy and gray here, a nice day to get some tasks accomplished indoors. Thus far, though, can’t say I have accomplished much. The company who installed my air conditioner is due out today to check things out. It has been running great – the few days I have needed it.
    This evening I am going to my god son’s summer basketball game…it is at his school. Hard to believe – but it is the first time I have seen him play since his high school season ended in February. I thought I would be traveling with his mom to many of his spring weekend tournaments – but issues with the divorce prevented that from happening. It will be good to put eyes on both of them this evening.

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