God, we thank you for the moments of embarrassment —
for it is in those moments we are most aware that
we are accepted only by your grace,
not by our own merit.
But help us never to be embarrassed of your message.
God, we thank you for the ability to ignore —
to ignore the trivialization and prejudice
we so easily cast on others
to ignore the slandering and stereotype
we happen to have heard of others
to ignore, so we can relate to others anew,
as human beings,
to meet them as you meet us.
But help us never to ignore our friends’ true needs.
God, we thank you for letting us change our minds —
so we can be persuaded to repent and turn to you,
even as we try to persuade others;
thank you for letting us change our minds
to turn our back on destruction
and commit to life;
But help us not to change our minds about the way of the cross.
God, we thank you for those times when we feel out of place,
for it is then we feel empathy for strangers.
But help us never to feel out of place among our sisters and brothers.
Copyright © 2003 Kaihsu Tai
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