The Torah tells us: “The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 19: 33-34).
In the Christian New Testament, Jesus tells us to welcome the stranger for “What you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do unto me” (Mathew 25:40).
The Qur’an tells us that we should “serve God…and do good to…orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer that you meet, and those who have nothing. (4:36)
The Hindu scripture Taitiriya Upanishad tells us: “The guest is a representative of God.”
Used during a Service of Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration, Lyndale United Church of Christ, February 22, 2009