Grant, Lord, that as we share your grace and love through the living of our lives we will do so with a spirit of hospitality and blessing.
Help us to grow in our receiving of others and in our acceptance of our reception by others.
Help us to grow in our assumption that our blessing will be appreciated, well-received, and reciprocated.
Help us to grow in our desire to partner with others in the sharing of your grace and love.
At the same time, help us to grow in our understanding that not everyone will accept us or accept being accepted by us or will bless us or accept being blessed by us. When such refusals happen, grant that they will be directed at us and not be practiced by us. When they are directed at us, may we not deserve them due to arrogance, presumption, or pride and, if we do not invite rejection by our failure to practice Christian grace, give us grace to pray for and to love those who reject us.
“Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.” (Matthew 10:11-13)