Each month in 2012, I am offering a monthly prayer here in addition to or instead of the daily prayers posted to Universalist Prayers. The theme this month is hospitality.
Beloved teach us to open our shuttered hearts and our portioned and boarded up spirits with bold generous and with courageous hospitality. Estranged and alienated so often and from so much, sustain us in making circles of welcome out of gatherings of strangers. Around the table of wonder, meet us in abundance, drawing out our stories and showing us how to weave together community with steadfast love. The wells of life are our responsibilities; teach us to care for them together, with forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, and rejoicing. When we are cast out and wandering, may we find welcome and compassion that calls us back into accountable relationship, into the ways of healing, into the ways of peace. Generation after generation has wrested and exiled or been dispossessed. Generation after generation has learned anew how to make welcome, how to make home wherever they are, however they are, and how to welcome You, Beloved, in welcoming enemies, strangers, and exiles into a life of transforming love. Amen.