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For the Hard Work of Inclusion


A Midday Prayer for the Work of Inclusion

Oh, God.

          Holy One who invites without regard.


It is easy to shun the hard workd of inclusion...

          But in Your way there is strength for the work to do.


It is simple to reject the complexity of embrace and other-ness...

          But in Your way there is mental toughness for the thinking to do.


It is lazy to kick back and critique life's politics from a distance...

          But in Your way there is energy to engage and love and welcome.


Remove the language of judgment in our responses to and reflection of others.

Remind us of our complicity in the oppression of others and provide the clarity to see our way out.

Refresh our eyes to see the places that we may occupy at the banquet

          and let us not assume we are sitting where we should.


And if it is a place of power...

           Grant us wisdom and humility.


And if it is a place of privilege...

           Awaken in us acknowledgment and the courage to let it go.


And if it is a position of dishonor...

           Inspire us to live honorably with all.


Far and wide is Your invitation.

          And we have dared to accept it.




Josh Linton, PTS Student

Midday Service in Meinders Chapel

October 4, 2011





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