For Courage

Lenten Practice: Fasting
Daily Act: Create space within by opening your heart to another. Whom will you let in today? How do you experience God when you make genuine space for others in your life?
Weekly Prayer Phrase: Repeat this phrase slowly as you breathe deeply. You may choose to memorize this phrase and repeat it throughout your day.


For Courage
By Katie Harmon-McLaughlin

Blessings of courage to you
In each opening
Of your deepest self
To someone else

In daring to see
The holy
In another life

In each response
To what you see

Blessings of courage to you
When you encounter
Strangers in this desert
And feel the urge of hospitality
Deep in your bones
Welcoming and receiving
With a surprisingly open heart
Despite the pounding fear
Of the unknown
Only to discover
You’ve been entertaining

Blessing upon each encounter
That you may risk naming them

Even with your boss
Even with your spouse
Even with your co-worker
Even with your child
Even with the bus driver
The grocery clerk
The person delivering your mail
Even with the ones
You struggle to love

And the many faces that pass
So often unnoticed
On your way to somewhere
Now beacons of the divine love
You’ve come here to seek

So many people
In this desert place
Seeking some form
Of a glass of water
A loaf of bread
A kind-hearted smile

And God says-
I will you meet you here
In each one
In us all

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2, NRSV

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