Daily Prayer 365

Day 176
Thursday, February 23, 2023


Cast all your anxiety on God because God cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

Every great faith has within it harsh texts which, read literally, can be taken to endorse narrow particularism, suspicion of strangers, and intolerance toward those who believe differently than we do. Every great faith also has within it sources that emphasize kinship with the stranger, empathy with the outsider, and courage that leads people to extend a hand across boundaries of estrangement and hostility. The choice is ours. Will the generous texts of our tradition serve as interpretive keys to the rest, or will the abrasive passages determine our ideas of what we are called to do? …I believe we are being called by God to see in the human other a trace of the divine Other. —Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference

Open my heart. Give me understanding. Open my mind. Give me a way to discern truth and the right path for human living. Let me see the trace of divine in him, the sure indication of spirit within her. Open my heart, O God. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

February 23, 2023

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