Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman

At first we gaspImage

At Jesus’ gruff response

To a plea for help;

We gasp and shudder.

In our second breath

May we find companionship.

For Jesus

The pioneer and perfecter of our faith,

Our model and guide

Wrestled with many of the same challenges we do.

Jesus modeled what it means to learn–

To let go of old perceptions

And to be opened.

Opened by another

Opened by an outsider

Opened by the Spirit.

Open us today

Holy One,

That we

Too might surrender

Words and ways

That no longer work.

Open us

To really seeing

The success and struggles

Of our family

Our friends

And our foes.

Release our need for competition

That we might celebrate the others’ victories.

Open us.

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