A Litany from Deuteronomy 26:5-11:
We are small. We are empty.
We cry to the Lord.
We are strangers and aliens. We are misfits.
We cry to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.
We have worked so hard to hold our life together.
We lay down our life, and we bow before you, our God.
Do our words just drop into empty space? Does God see us?
The Lord hears us. God sees our affliction and our oppression.
Dare we hope?
The Lord will bring us out with a might hand and an outstretched arm.
Will we always feel like a stranger, an alien, an outcast in this world?
All of us – and the aliens who live with us — will celebrate God’s bounty.