Each year a different prayer or reflection book accompanies me, this year it was called Life Prayers and although there are 365 prayers I have read too quickly and got to the end so I am now revisiting the ones that have resonated and which I have wanted to come back to and really let them speak to me and hopefully in some ways speak through me. This is a Jewish prayer which for me encapsulates some of the things we have been talking about in our continuing journey of becoming the church God calls us to be…
May the door of this home be wide enough
to receive all who hunger for love,
all who are lonely for friendship.
May it welcome all who have cares to unburden,
thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
May the door of this house be narrow enough
to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.
May its threshold be no stumbling block
to young or strained feet.
May it be too high to admit to complacency,
selfishness and harshness.
May this home be for all who enter,
the doorway to richness and a more meaningful life.
The Siddur of Shir Chadash
Life Prayers edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon Harper Collins San Francisco 1996.