The Compassion-grounded, “Rest and Digest” state can set us on a path to physical and mental well-being. However, Christian spiritual traditions insist the purpose is something other than personal well-being. Being in intimate relationship with God, the Eternal Source of Compassion, is both the means and the end: We are invited to ground ourselves in Divine Compassion, receive Compassion, become filled with the Presence of Compassion, so that we become images of God, living expressions of the Eternal Source of Compassion.
—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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The LORD is merciful and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
—Psalm 116:5 (CEB)
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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Join us this weekend, September 29-30, 2023, for our virtual event, RESILIENCE. Together, we will explore how practicing compassion can transform our relationships in a world marked by conflict and division. If you can’t make it, register anyway to receive the session recordings. Take $25 off admission when you use the code NEW at checkout. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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