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

My experience has been that sinners respond a lot better to compassion than to self-righteousness. Because compassion is not understood as an emotion in the way love is, then feeling compassion is rightly seen (as love ought to be) as a choice, an attitude that is taken up with purpose and intention and held despite lapses, roadblocks, and difficulties. Compassion chosen in this way then becomes another form of spiritual practice, like meditation that is incredibly simple and endlessly difficult.

—Melissa Tidwell, “What is Compassion?” in Compassion: Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

What helps you choose compassion? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

God: With my eyes, I choose to see with compassion. With my hands, I choose to give and touch with compassion. With my feet, I choose to go where I can deliver compassion. With my heart, I choose to love with compassion. (Pause for a minute of silence, and imagine how you can show compassion today.) Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 1, 2024 6:03 am

    The first word that comes to mind in determining the desire to give compassion is NEED, the lack of anything that makes life possible. I am able to help people every day, Thank You, Lord.
    A new month, we are roughly half way to Christmas. A cooler less, humid day here in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Hopefully a walk with my friend, Russ, this morning.

  • Ally Posted July 1, 2024 9:42 am

    Gracious God, move in my heart and show me where I need to move forward with goodness. Help me by your Spirit, to show compassion to all. Open my heart so I can forgive and listen to others, extending grace. Amen.

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