Time for Joy: Responding with Compassion (Psalm 23)

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23:4

So much pain in our lives comes from trying to control things that we have no control over. Ultimately we can only control our own behaviors. While we can’t choose what happens to us or even how we feel about the things that come our way, we can choose how we will respond. 

As you navigate the day, pay attention to your responses to problems and stressors that arise. What emotions are stirred? What is your impulse? In these moments of consideration, pause with compassion for yourself. Before responding to the person or email, consider your response. Who do you want to be in this interaction? 

In the midst of fear and frustration, may I find compassion and peace, O God. Anchor and guide me showing up as the person I long to be. Amen.

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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

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