Receiving and giving
And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever, and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in; and when he had prayed, and laid his hands on him, he healed him. Which being done, all that had diseases in the island, came and were healed: Who also honoured us with many honours, and when we were to set sail, they laded us with such things as were necessary.(28:8-10)
I thank the stranger for privileging me to receive You.
I thank the Samaritan for making me accept Your care and the love I thought wasn’t in You to give.
I thank Jesus for drawing me to Your precious death to receive Your poverty as riches that outweigh the world.
I thank the others all who gave to me so much to give.
God, giver of life, we thank You for the gift of Your compassionate love which soothes and strengthens us.
We pray that our churches may be always open to receive Your gifts from one another.
Grant us a spirit of generosity to all as we journey together in the path of Christian unity.
We ask this in the name of Your Son who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen.