Sunday, October 06, 2013

"You Extend Our Horizons" - A Prayer for World Communion Sunday

It is hard to see what you see.

We look out across churning oceans,
across the dunes of desert sands,
into thick green jungles and forests,
and eventually, always, our sight reaches its limits.
Our horizons drop off.

It is hard to see what you see.

We look out across waiting rooms with anxious faces,
across streets into impoverished neighborhoods,
across cultural lines into the stark experience of another,
and eventually, always, our sight reaches its limits.
Our horizons drop off.

It is hard to see what you see.

So you set a table.
You set out bread and wine,
You assure us that there are enough chairs for all,
You invite us to sit, one across from another, until all are ready.

And you invite us to look
beyond our own prejudices, our own fears,
our own small notions about the way things are or should be.

You invite us to look again
and this time, in between bites of grace,
our eyes open wide.

We see what was always there:
Beloved creations stumbling along,
In need of healing,
understanding,
guidance,
challenge,
love,
and we count ourselves among them.

You extend our horizons across the table into each others’ lives
and it is here, together, that we are saved.

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