Posted: December 2015
The plight of Syrian migrants and other disadvantaged people both abroad and here at home have echoes of that first Christmas 2,000 years ago. It is encapsulated in this Christian Aid prayer by Jan Berry, used in our Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday:
God, born as a baby,
we pray for children who cry and are not comforted;
for those who live and die
without a roof, without bread, without protection.
God, for whom there was no room at the inn,
we pray for those who are denied shelter;
for those who struggle against cold and damp and hunger
and those searching for a place of security.
God, forced to flee from the wrath of Herod,
we pray for those uprooted by tyranny;
for those fleeing from violence
and for those seeking safety in places strange to them.
God, whose coming was announced with words of peace,
we pray for a world in the shadow of war;
for those who have already lost homes and livelihood
and those who fear for their own survival.
God, coming to us,
help us to meet you in the poor and unprotected;
and to greet you with the Christmas hope of peace and freedom
singing in our hearts.
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