God in the Stranger

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.

© Amy Persons Parkes 2013

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3 thoughts on “God in the Stranger

    • Absolutely, Liz. You may already know this but just in case someone asks you, we used this prayer in church on anniversary Sunday, too, when we did the Mission for March Break celebration. Hope you are well — and if it’s any consolation the sun has not been shining for a week here in FL! 😉

      • many thanks, Amy. We have been having a few days of the hot hazy humid stuff, and the occasional very pleasant milder evening. Hope the sun shines on you in the best possible light!
        Love
        Liz

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