Mission Prayer

This is a prayer to be said by those going to and coming from immersion mission trips. It is a reminder to hold sacred what others trust you with, especially their hearts.

The warning is given – tread lightly

Not our culture – but respect it

Not our fare – but eat it

Not our way – but follow it

Not our custom – but honor it

The curiosity mounts – inquire softly

Not our home – but we’re embraced

Not our protocol – but we submitted

Not our manner – but we mirrored

Not our purpose – but we acquired

The welcome is offered – extravagantly

Not our language – but we heard

Not our timing – but we endured

Not our food – but we feasted

Not our music – but we danced

The weavings are shown – artfully

Not our colors – but we adored

Not our patterns – but we marveled

Not our labor – but we valued

Not our soulwork Рbut we sanctified 

The dead are honored – reverently

Not our pain – but we felt

Not our sorrow – but we wept

Not our torture – but we hurt

Not our tomb – but we knelt

The scared is shared – trustingly

Not our words – but we repeated

Not our images – but we captured

Not our dance – but we imitated

Not our song – but we retained

The lessons are learned – painfully

Not our poverty – but we profit

Not our resource – but we devour

Not our oppression – but we bully

Not our land – but we exploit

The battle is joined – collaboratively

Not our fight – but our calling

Not our sin – but our salvation

Not our solution – but our alliance

Not our life – but our lifework

Our faith is invoked – redemptively

And we praise God Рthankfully 


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