Jul 31, 2013

Prayer of Hospitality & Compassion

Open my eyes that they may see the deepest needs of people;
Move my hands that they may feed the hungry;
Touch my heart that it may bring warmth to the despairing;
Teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers;
Let me share my possessions to clothe the naked;
Give me the care that strengthens the sick;
Make me share in the quest to set the prisoner free.
In sharing our anxieties and our love,
our poverty and our prosperity,
we partake of your divine presence.

~ Canaan Banana, Zimbabwe, in With All God’s People: The New Ecumenical Prayer Cycle (Geneva: WCC Publications, 1989), 344.  Posted on Prayers and Creeds. http://prayersandcreeds.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/prayer-of-hospitality-compassion/