Prayer for 2017 !
Father we pray that 2017 will be a year of hope and peace.
We want hope and peace and flourishing for asylum seekers and refugees wanting to rebuild their lives in Europe.
We want hope and peace, strength and perseverance for all who reach out to care for refugees. For the professionals in the camps, and for the ordinary individuals, families, churches and projects providing friendship and welcome.
We want hope and peace for communities that are fearful of these new arrivals, who are worried about their own economic well-being, who worry about security or too much cultural change.
We want hope and peace and clarity about what is just for politicians and immigration officials who face the challenge of care and competing needs within a pressurised political and resourcing situation.
And most of all we want hope and peace and safety and justice for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and other desperate nations from where the refugees feel compelled to flee.
Lord, we commit ourselves to praying for we know that it is only you who can truly bring hope and peace. Thank you that you see every situation and that your care and concern are infinite.
In the name of Jesus, AMEN.
By Julia Doxat-Purser
Socio-Political Representative & Religious Liberty Coordinator