God,

I did it.
I made them other.
I allowed them to be other to me.
So that I could stay distant.
So that I could stay away.
So that I could get to work on time.
So that I could sleep at night.

I had to.

But

You called me child.
And you called other child, too.
You call us beloved.
You call us yours.

And that

It makes other my sibling.
It makes other my friend.
It makes other my own people.

So

Help me see my family.
Help me know my siblings.
Help me to ask about their hurts.
And to notice their pain.
Help me to draw near to my dear neighbor.

Even when it makes me late.
Even when it keeps me awake with worry.
Even when it puts me in danger.

Because they are my family.
They are my neighbors.
And they are so very beloved.

Amen.

 

Inspired by this Sunday’s RCL Gospel reading: Luke 10:25-37. 


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St  Louis, Mo. she blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.


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