“Shake Off the Dust from Your Feet”
Lord, protect us from the pride that can come from the knowledge that we represent you in the world; give us instead humility and grace.
Lord, protect us from the defensiveness that can come from an expectation that our words will be rejected; give us instead a realistic hope.
Lord, protect us from the vindictiveness that can come from a too easy assumption that our opponents are your enemies; give us instead trust in your justice.
Lord, protect us from the belief that in shaking the dust off our feet we have disconnected ourselves from people; give us instead a sense that in shaking the dust off our feet we leave a little of ourselves behind as well.
“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” (Matthew 10:14-15)