It is so tempting for us to close ourselves off from situations that threaten us, from people who challenge us, from changes that trouble us, and from opportunities that stretch us.
Help us to be open to the paths down which you point us regardless of how difficult and lonely they may be. Give us a faith-inspired openness that is stronger than our fear-inspired closedness.
Especially make us open to ways in which we can and should think, feel, speak, and act that will bear witness to the presence of your Spirit and to our following of your Son.
Close us off from fear.
Open us up to faith.