Gracious God, teach us to move the fences. Teach us to open doors and hearts to you and to your people, and to those who are the other, the stranger. Gracious God, teach us to see you in the face of those whose faces do not look like ours. Who worship and pray from different texts and different postures. Gracious God, teach us to move the fences, that we might truly know the ones beyond the borders we have made, that we might know you, and in all their differences, the dignity of your people. Amen.
This is the opening prayer to a moving and thought-provoking sermon given by the Rev. Canon Timothy Boggs at Washington National Cathedral on September 12, 2010, one day after the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Rev. Boggs urges us to “move the fences.”
Watch the sermon here: The Dignity of our Differences