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Before you begin to pray, take three deep breaths.

We confess, O Lord, that it is far to easy to draw lines and to put up barriers, not allowing others into our circle of family and friends.  But you call us to look on all those who do your will as brothers and sisters, whether we wish to or not.  Furthermore, your amazing, all-encircling love calls us to love each and every person as a child of God, made in God’s image and precious in God’s sight.  Help us to love with this kind of love and push us outside of our comfort zones.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, resting in these familiar words.