Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
Jesus is the God who knocks because he came into the world as a stranger, inviting us into a relationship so that we would be strangers no more. He knocks on the doors, walls, and structures that we have erected to keep others out. Jesus knocks as one who stands in solidarity with those we have rejected. Jesus knocks as every visitor bearing the image of God who approaches our front doors and southern borders.
—Tony Huynh with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How is Jesus inviting you to respond to “strangers”? Join the conversation.
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
—Matthew 25:35 (NRSV)
ONE: God of the caravans,
ALL: We pray for our siblings’ protection.
Provide for them as you once did for your children in the desert.
ONE: God of the sojourners,
ALL: We ask that you give them shelter.
Protect them as they are vulnerable.
ONE: God of the travelers,
ALL: We ask that you guide them on their journey.
Make clear their paths and direct their feet.
The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Ascension of the Lord
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