There is a good reason that servants, cattle, and strangers are included in the Sabbath rest. A full one-out-of-seven-day pause to reflect on the needs of others – family, neighbors, workers, and strangers in our gates – isn’t a bad idea. A one day a week pause to get a better sense of God's goodness - and of every man's capacity to see and experience abundant good right where they are, without infringing the right and freedom of others - is a really good thing.
My prayer for today is to understand that God’s infinite goodness isn’t a diminishing resource or under economic threat. Sourced in Spirit, this good is practical and unlimited. It may be expressed in a good idea, helpful talent, a generous spirit, and energetic hope. It may be found in openness to new ideas, the ability to forgive and move on, and the humility and willingness to work hard. Like sunlight, it is available to one and all, without precondition or limit, to bless but not to threaten any other expression of good.
I hope you will join me in this Sunday prayer.
This blog springs from ideas shared in several articles I have written on this subject. If any of the ideas inspire you to go deeper into the subject, you may wish to visit the following links:
Immigration and 'the stranger within our gates'
A healing response to immigration worries
Doors open to religious dialogue
News alert: Prayer alert
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