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

We can respond to our pain with the Samaritan part of ourselves, a part that unexpectedly exceeds expectations and comes to our own aid. Our past experiences and current struggles may make it difficult, but we are capable of showing up to care for ourselves. Jesus points to the one who is least likely to extend mercy as the example of showing mercy. Sometimes we feel like the least likely candidates to help ourselves, unequipped and overwhelmed. But locating compassion for ourselves within ourselves can carry us a long way toward healing.

—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What might it look like to respond to your pain with the Samaritan part of yourself? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.
—Luke 10:34 (CEB)

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  • Jill Posted September 10, 2020 5:29 am

    This is an interesting concept…and I think one way is to provide grace for yourself…to accept the pain and discomfort…to not try and tell yourself…buck up, you shouldn’t feel this way. But, rather, with compassion,say – of course this is uncomfortable, this hurts. But – to then move to The Father – run to His Throne…His Throne of Mercy…and lament. True lament is honest, honest about one’s perception. And, true lament, always end up recalling God and His faithfulness and sovereignty.
    It was good to see the students yesterday, I saw about 40% of them. For some reason, my school system is doing a staggered start. So, over the next few days will see more and more of them. All the ones I saw were returning students…going into year 2 of the program. Today – I will see some new faces. My new modem and equipment is to arrive today. Should be faster than a speeding bullet by tomorrow.
    Was grateful to play tennis yesterday afternoon – a lot of pent up energy from sitting at a screen all day. Got to meet my new small group last night. A wonderful diversity of ages. It will be good getting to know them.

  • Julie Posted September 10, 2020 8:19 am

    When I was attending children of alcoholics group meetings I bought and went through a workbook about embracing your inner wounded child. I imagine this is the same concept as today’s reflection. I had to acknowledge that inside of me was still that frightened child who had been afraid and often abandoned by my alcoholic father. I had to nurture that child and embrace her and give her solace while also accepting that she will always be a part of me.
    Prayers for Jill as she meets new students and as she installs new internet equipment. Do you not have a router?
    Prayers for Robert and his busy schedule, you amaze me. May God continue to give you so much energy and great health.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

  • April Posted September 10, 2020 9:04 am

    I have noticed recently that it is recommended that exploring feelings is the way to heal or to solve conflicts. The overwhelming feeling is fear for many, and fear is so individualized to the one perceiving it…just like pain is. When one feels fear, a whole set of responses kicks in, the fight, flight, freeze reaction. God tells us so often, do not fear. Having feeling of compassion for self, being the Good Samaritan, taking a deep breath, and finding out what my feeling are, might be a way for me to respond. Instead of bucking up, as Jill wrote, have mercy on myself and receive God’s grace as I deal with my fears.
    And to remember that I am human, I will make mistakes, but I can rise up because I have a relationship with God who grants second chances. Praise be to Our Father who loves us and always has His arms open for us to run to.
    Blessings dear UR Family. You are precious in His sight….He watches over you everyday.

  • robert moeller Posted September 10, 2020 9:29 am

    Not sure if it is genetic or acquired, but the fear of rejection has made aspects of my life tough. Thankfully not life threatening, but my actions have hurt a third party and caused problems. Guess I am amazed that I have made it this far in life with this problem. Have sought help, but have not benefitted from my effort. Only God truly understands me, I take great comfort in that. Perhaps my railroad modeling hobby is a way I resolve this issue, although I think it is not the solution.
    Grateful that modeling paint and station roofing arrived. The station can finally be finished, engines and the caboose painted, and progress completing the key parts of the diorama achieved.
    Prayers for Anneliese, sore hands and feet, difficulty holding on to things, lots of outdoor work to do, trouble finding help; Gueneth , recovery from surgery on a finger, Roger and Mickey, a myriad of age related health issues, Nancy, recovering from surgery, Jennifer, knee and back problems, still working at age 73, hoping to retire at age 75, Erich, trying to figure out a job. all those involved in education, that includes a huge percentage of the population beyond teachers and students. the health of the world in this pandemic, wisdom to govern, wisdom to decide who our next leaders will be, the economy, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and tropical storms, Thank You, Lord for being to help us through all of this and more.

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