Prayers for Welcoming the Stranger

Headline from National Public Radio – Canada’s Army builds tent camp for Haitian Asylum seekers arriving from the United States. In July alone over 1,000, mostly French speaking, Haitian refugees from the United States has crossed into Quebec seeking asylum.

We often think of the refugee crisis somewhere “over there’. There are refugees around the world seeking a place of safety.  1,000 people housed in Olympic stadium in Montreal seems small compared to the millions who have fled Syrian, Iraq  and other places destroyed by war and now have lived for months and months in camps in different lands other than their own.

Let us pray for all who have been displaced from their homes and families for whatever reason.

35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,… Matthew 25:35New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

God of the stranger, the refugee, the one who is lost; help us to open our hearts and arms to those who are seeking safety, peace and sanctuary from war, hunger, economic crisis, natural disasters and other things that force people to leave their homes and move into the unknown future.

We are commanded to feed the hungry, provide water for the thirsty and to welcome the stranger.

Keep us from our prejudice and preconceived opinions that block our way to living into call for us as people of faith. Help us, guide us and nudge us forward to be the people who welcome the stranger in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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