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

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)

Today’s Question

What persons around you might need a reminder that they are not alone? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

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.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Julie Posted July 1, 2023 9:23 am

    Me. Caregiving is hard work. Recovery from trauma and abuse is difficult. But living with it is more difficult.

  • robert moeller Posted July 1, 2023 1:24 pm

    Yes, Julie, 100% YES!

    I think Erich and to some extent Jenny need a reminder that they are not alone. I reminded another Jennifer of that the other day. Eebasicslly need to do that to each other ALL the time. God does it to us!
    Having a very positive and productive day. Several needed tasks done before lunch.
    Strawberry prep after worship and fellowship tomorrow . Shortcake baking Monday, strawberry shortcake sales on Tuesday.
    Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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