God, we are all searching for something
Mostly we’re searching for a meeting with you.
But some of us are searching for a better life;
For an end to poverty;
For an end to oppression;
For full bellies and a place to rest;
For meaningful work;
For safety and opportunities for our children.
So many of your servants were dreamers:
Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Esther, and many more,
Who left their homelands in search of more and better -
Even Christ himself, who was forced to find refuge in a foreign land.
So many of our own ancestors and founders were dreamers:
Men and women who set out toward the unknown
Who faced dangers and impossible odds
Looking for a home.
Grant us compassionate hearts:
Belief in your abundance,
Belief that there is enough good to go around,
Belief that you love all and provide for all,
Belief that any sacrifices we make will be seen by you,
Belief that precedes loving action,
Belief in the welcome you offer,
Belief in the welcome we must extend.
And help us, as we live out the dream of the Promised Land,
To listen well,
To do justly and love mercy,
To humbly serve you and our neighbors.