a prayer based on Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan
Merciful God, many are the times that we have been known
to pass by on the other side of the weary and wounded.
Numerous are the days, Stranger God, that we have chosen the road of convenience
over the road of conviction.
Faithful One, enliven within us a Samaritan spirit,
that we might respond with courage in the face of our fear,
that we might risk our certain agendas for unexpected grace,
that we might give ourselves over to a generosity more bountiful
than the smallness of our single-minded self-preservation.
Break open our chained hearts and draw back the drapes of our darkened eyes
that we may go and do as you have done. Amen.
As surely as the envelope comes in the mail, or the phone rings with opportunity, or the innocent child asks, “Will you come play with me?” – you, O God, invite me to taste and see, to hear and heal, to know and be known.
With tenderness and vulnerability,
I pry open the sealed note of this moment
and pray with hope
that I will be available