Give them their daily bread

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Lord, when we say ‘Give us today our daily bread,’
  may we remember our brothers and sisters
  who live below the poverty line
  and pray, ‘Give them today their daily bread.’
Give us the wisdom and courage to challenge the policies and structures
  which make the poor even poorer,
  while we have more than enough.
Grant us such deep compassion that we will not rest
  while surplus food rots in one part of the world,
  and families starve in another;
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True Hospitality

God of the Widow at Zarephath,
God of Joseph the Forgiver,
we stand in awe of people
   who showed hospitality
   in the midst of sacrifice and betrayal.
Take us deep into the heart of hospitality.
Help us to understand
   that the generosity the world needs
   often demands sacrifice on our part.
Be with those who have never known
   a table blessed by laughter and welcome,
   who have seldom heard affirmations
   and who do not know your abiding love.
Remind us, O God, that we are to set many tables,
   to speak blessings often and to be your love in the world.
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen

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