Most Holy and Gracious God, you created all things and called them good. You made all of humanity in your image and called that creation good. We are also told that we are awe-fully and wonderfully made. So, God, when we look at ourselves and those around us, how can we be anything but amazed at the complexity and intricacy of what we experience.
We are in awe of sunrises and sunsets. We marvel at the beauty of oceans, rivers, lakes, steam's and ponds. We wonder at the glory of trees and flowers. We are amazed at the variety of patterns in the land from skyscraping, ice covered mountains to dry and dusty deserts.
Liberating God, release us, then, from the prejudices we may carry toward others who look different from us or speak a different language or worship you in a different way. May we see one another as you do, as beloved and precious, as beautiful and treasured, as unique and cherished. For when we do, when we let go of our bigotry, then, just maybe, we can see You in our neighbors and in our enemies. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
prayer submitted by
REV. ELDER DR. CANDACE R SHULTIS
PASTOR, KING OF PEACE MCC
St. Petersburg FL USA
Does the Bible speak to recent policy changes? Decide for yourself:
Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien…of justice.
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt
And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares
You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice.
There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.
Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place."
“If you do not oppress the alien…then I will dwell with you in this place…”
Do no oppress the alien.
…Bring good news to the poor…release to the captives…sight to the blind...let the oppressed go free.