A Prayer for Refugees

21 Feb

 

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US/Mexico Borderlands, February 2014

Our Gracious Lord,

There are many in Your world today who have been forced

     from their homes by persecution and violence.

Keep them in your constant care, and bring them to a place

     of safety.

Be the Good Shepherd to refugees who are in flight.

     Guide them to the green pastures of safety.

Be the Everlasting Father to refugees who have lost home

     and loved ones.  Lead, protect and provide for them.

Be the Great Physician to refugees who are suffering.

     Grant them healing and hope.

Be the hiding Place to refugees who are languishing in

     camps.  Shelter their souls as well as their bodies.

Be the Deliverer to refugees who have been able to return

     home.  Restore their lives so that those who have sown

     in tears may reap in joy.

Be the Wonderful Counselor to refugees who have been

     resettled.  Help them find their way in a new land.

Be the Giver of all good gifts to those who serve refugees.

     Empower them to do justice and love mercy and walk

     humbly with You.

Be the Lord of lords to all the earth, that those who rule would do so in justice and rigthteousness, and no one would have to become a refugee anymore.

We ask these things in the precious and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

– Lutheran Immigration and Rescue Service

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