Every interior movement we encounter in others—their emotional reactions, their conversations and self-talk, their behaviors whether impulsive or deliberate—is a cry rooted in some form of suffering aching to be soothed, some need fighting to be secured, or some form of joy longing to be celebrated. Their emotions, words, and actions are FLAGs frantically waving for attention and care. Their actions rise out of life-threatening fears, unsatisfied longings, aching wounds still bleeding and raw, and gifts and capacities that are obstructed and stifled. Their actions may seem to be saying I hate the world and everyone in it. But underneath the vehemence lies a deeper cry: I feel beaten down and alone. Someone please see me.
—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)
What persons around you might need a reminder that they are not alone? Join the conversation.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
—Psalm 34:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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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.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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