Omar has asked for our prayers.
My friend has visited him
in the Adelanto Detention Center,
where he waits,
a gay man from Senegal
seeking asylum in this country.
They laughed and cried
and they prayed together.
His next hearing is July 11
and he asks for us to pray for him,
but I find myself praying for America.
Holy One, may this country
be so fortunate
to accept the gifts of Omar
offered to us — a blessing in our midst.
Open our arms to receive
the bounty that comes to us freely
amazingly and in spite of
all our violent ingratitude.
May we have a wisdom of reception,
that we, unworthy, are chosen
as a refuge for many,
and for such great treasure.
(for Larry W. Trent)