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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