Mission Prayer

God of nations and of peoples and of missions
its always a little jarring to learn
there might be some distance between Your mission and ours

Our missions is straightforward
we’ve been trying it for a long time
It goes like this:
we go out into the world bearing the truth
teaching others how they should live
what they should believe
giving and helping to show our generosity
returning home, content

Yours is a larger mission
larger than us and all we can do
we go out and find You already there
Your mission has begun
You are doing a new thing
going out into the world ahead of us
we meet You in outsiders
in strangers
in those we thought were only there to receive from us
but it is we who receive

and once again you are made strange and wonderful
not the domesticated God we carry out into the world
but the true God we encounter already at work

You invite us to join You in Your mission
which is already turning the world around

may our lives be our answer

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