“From East and West”
Grant that we who are the privileged insiders—those who have heard about Jesus and professed to follow Jesus for as long as we can remember—would not take our standing for granted but rather look to you with great trust and humility.
Grant also that we would not look with disfavor upon those who seem to us to be on the outside because they may well have greater trust and humility than we’ve ever thought about having.
Keep us from presumption and bless us with trust; keep us from arrogance and bless us with humility; keep us from exclusiveness and bless us with inclusiveness.
“I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 9:11-12)