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Cultivate Compassion for Others

Today’s Reflection

ONCE OUR HEARTS are steady enough to be open to empathic connection with others – this may take time – we can cultivate genuine compassion for others. We do so, as we did with ourselves, by connecting with the PULSE of humanity beating within them.

P – Paying attention. Cultivate a nonjudgmental, nonreactive awareness of what the person is doing and how he or she is doing it.

U – Understanding empathically. Listen for and be moved by the suffering hidden within the cry of his or her emotions or behavior – the fear, longing, or aching wound in need of care.

L – Loving with connection. As the suffering within the other person moves you, extend care toward the need or wound that surfaces.

S – Sensing the sacredness. Recognize and savor the expanse of compassion that holds and heals every wound within him or her.

E – Embodying new life. Notice the gifts and qualities of restored humanity that are being birthed within the person and yearn for his or her flourishing. …

No matter how distorted and beaten down we may become, an abiding capacity for care and connection remains alive within us. …The people we commonly engage with are like ourselves – momentarily mired in the compulsions, fears, and sensitivities we acquire over a lifetime. Nevertheless, as long as our hearts are beating, the pulse of our humanity lives. Connecting with this pulse within others unlocks our genuine compassion, and such compassion has the power to soften even the most hardened of hearts.

– Frank Rogers Jr.
Practicing Compassion

From pages 30-31 of Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where are there opportunities to offer compassion to others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

Exodus 34:29, NRSV

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This week we remember: Aelred of Rievaulx (February 3).

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  • Jill February 1, 2016, 4:03 am

    Good morning UR Family. Grateful for a wonderful day yesterday…good sermon and moving music at church, time to read, relax and nap in the afternoon, attended my god son’s final league basketball game.
    I lift up all of you this morning, praying that this week will be a blessing for you, and that you will be a blessing to others. May God’s Presence be with each of us.

  • robert moeller February 1, 2016, 4:15 am

    Thankful for a peaceful day yesterday. Worship at church, fellowship, reading, and some tv. Spoke with Erich. Helped around the house.

    Compassion is focused on Anneliese as she prepares for her surgery. Appointments this week make everything ready. Prayers that God’s will be done. Thank You, Lord, for being with us as we get ready.

    Prayers for Iowans today as our country begins the nomination process to select a new president. Lord, may Your wisdom be with all of us as we decide.

    Prayers for educators as the enable learning on many different levels and under many different circumstances and situations. Lord, may Your spirit be with educators and transferred to students. May the ability to read enable the understanding of Your word. Thank You, Lord.

    With a new month that brings Lent and Valentine’s Day, may we love as You love, Lord. In Your name, I pray, Lord. Amen.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 1, 2016, 5:58 am

    Compassion for weaker students as they cannot cope with too much work and those who are training to represent the school in various kinds of sports.

    Father God, we uplift all educators into your hands. Grant us wisdom and patience as we educate the students.

  • Betsy February 1, 2016, 6:58 am

    Compassion for those who are like us and especially for those who are on a different journey than our own. Help us, Lord, to see need and answer the call. I also pray for our educators. They are beginning the race toward preparing for assessments. Give them wisdom and strength as they work to balance teaching with preparation.
    Be with our political leaders and voters as we face the primaries and voting. Allow cool heads to prevail and keep our country first.
    Grateful for wonderful worship yesterday, three new volunteers who came foward for our juvenile ministry, and long distance visits with our children.

  • Sara February 1, 2016, 8:10 am

    The day has finally arrived – February 1 seemed a long ways away when my 87 year young friend had her thyroid surgery scheduled. Just spoke with her and she seemed in good spirits. The lady that oversees her affairs will be taking her and another friend and I are also going to basically just to be there for her. She’s widowed and never had children so we wanted to support her.

    Prayers for our educators and the challenges they face with teaching – God Bless them. Prayers also for the Iowa primary tomorrow. Guidance and wisdom for those voting and our country. I pray the candidates can focus on issues rather than the other candidates.

    God bless our country and all those visiting the UR today. Amen

  • Connie February 1, 2016, 8:32 am

    Yes, God bless the USA.
    Thankful for all that February brings.
    We can extend sincere compassion to ones who are suffering and pray for them.
    For those who have lost loved ones, those facing surgery, those filled with depression, those facing health issues and all who could use some caring thoughts and prayers.

    • Pam February 1, 2016, 2:05 pm

      AMEN! <3 🙂

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