Praise be to you, O homeless God, for every path is your dwelling; in this universe you have fashioned there is no place where you do not rest.
Praise be to you, whose place has been taken, for you give your place to the poor. To those who have no home you grant a place in your heart.
Blessed are you, for you hold tenderly those whom others scorn; and those who are passed by without notice you know by name.
Those who are without shelter you hold in your heart, you honor them whom we judge, and you cherish their children.
For refugees and runaways you are their only safety. You accompany them faithfully; and with them you search for belonging.
In your grace may all who are destitute find mercy and courage; may they know their belovedness, and their belonging in this world.
We confess our kinship with them, for we all rely on your mercy. Our only home is in you, and our only belonging is with each other.
O homeless God, you cry for justice, that we may make this world a welcome home, that we who find shelter in your grace may make room for your beloved ones.
For it is you who seek a home among us in our sisters and brothers, it is you. It is our own wholeness that they seek, that your human family may be one.
O unsheltered God, may the home that you find be ours. We open our hearts to you, we open our laws and our powers to you.
Have mercy on us, for our family is asunder; we have cast out our sisters and brothers and they want to come back home.
May we know your mercy as those who rely on the mercy of others. May we open ourselves to others as you have to us.
Praise be to you, for your hospitality is deep, for in you we are, all of us, home. Praise! For by your grace we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net
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