Barefoot on Holy Ground

This week is a vacation week for me, but I’ve been thinking over this week’s scriptures because they are among my favorites. As a result, I offer this prayer based on Romans 9:12-21 with a nod to the Exodus passage.

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Wash us all with your love, Holy One, that our love may be genuine

            Teach us to hate all that mars the beauty of your creation

                        greed, pettiness, violence, entitlement, war, oppression, self-righteousness

                        the list goes on and we know it as well as You do if we stop to pay attention

            Remind us that all our neighbors carry Your image     

                        never should it matter where they come from

                        or by what name they know You

May our love be genuine


Stir in us Your Holy Spirit, that our zeal may never lag

            Call us to serve You fully, making all our ground holy

                        hope that comes from You will enable us to endure all things

                        even as we open our doors to strangers, offer sanctuary in Your name

            Guide us to a day when hospitality is the only way we greet one another

                        without worry or fear, judgment or disrespect

                        for in the other we will see the One

May our zeal never lag


Create clean hearts in us, O God, that we may be overcome by good

            Show us how to be the Body of Christ that is needed right now

                        letting go of yesterday’s vision, opening to today’s needs

                        seeking wisdom, patience, courage and acceptance

            Save us from our the limits of our selves and free us to find the abundance of You

                        may our actions match our prayers for all to live in peace

                        with food, drink, and safety for all of creation

May we be overcome by good.

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RCL – Year A – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 31, 2014
Exodus 3:1-15 with Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c or
Jeremiah 15:15-21 with Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28



About rachaelkeefe

Hi. I am a pastor, an author, a painter, and a poet. My latest book is available now to order from Chalice Press, The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention (
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