A Litany for Welcoming Week… When One Door Opens …

There is an old saying so often repeated that some people think it makes it true. (There are a lot of things like that) The saying is – when one door closes, another door opens. Perhaps occasionally that may be true, but it is certainly true that sometimes when one door closes, a lot of other doors slam shut. That happens for many new Americans. However, it surely is true that — when one door opens, another door can open, followed by another and another.

May our hearts and homes, our streets and playgrounds, our schools and churches welcome our neighbors and our new neighbors.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May our schools and workplaces be enriched by opening to the gifts and insights of those newly come to this country.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May our faith communities be strengthened by interfaith conversation. May we pray together.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May our compassion be informed by the experiences of those who have given and received care, and may our struggles for justice be empowered by those who have worked for change in places far away.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May restaurant doors open that all may taste the world. May books be translated into English and from English so that knowledge is shared. May art be seen, poetry be heard and dances set our feet tapping.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May our words and actions open the minds of those who hesitate to offer hospitality to someone from another country because of fear of a different religion, fear for their own job security or the job security of children and grandchildren, confused and formless (but very real) fears implanted by malicious and self-serving politicians, or the simple discomfort of meeting someone with a new language, faith or custom.

When one door opens, another door opens.

May we boldly go where every idiom has gone before!!!

May it be said of each of us that we don’t “darken the door” but rather we brighten the door.” May it be said of our new neighbors not that they have “a foot in the door,” but that they have “a heart in the door.” May it be said of the leaders of this country that they “make better doors than windows – for we want to open this nation to political refugees and economic refugees, those who need healing or education and those who can offer healing and education, and to mothers and fathers, grandparents and cousins, families made whole again.

When one door opens, another door opens.

Conclusion: Gracious God, oil the hinges of our hearts’ doors that they may swing gently and easily to welcome your coming. Amen (Prayer from New Guinea)

To know more about Welcoming Week and Welcoming America https://www.welcomingamerica.org/programs/welcoming-week

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6 Responses to A Litany for Welcoming Week… When One Door Opens …

  1. dabar96 says:

    “… oil the hinges of our hearts’ doors…”

    Yes, please; all of them!

  2. Stephen Price says:

    This is beautiful. I draw hope from it that one door opening might cause others to do so. I will push harder on the doors around me.

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