#withdignity, 2018, Immigration, International Migrants Day, Migrants, progressive Christianity, refugees
Wandering Spirit- as we speak aloud or quietly remember migrants in our world, may we seek the stories of those who yearn to survive.
Your children hope for homes in which they can thrive. May they find a permanent place to rest – if they so choose. May they have abundant food, healthcare, and housing. May possibilities for employment be plentiful. May love surround their homes, and may love walk with them on their journeys.
Spirit of Safety, shine on our sojourner siblings. As they cross borders and walk on arid ground, give them the light they need to find smooth pathways.
As our neighbors walk miles, allow them the strength they need. When food is insufficient and water is lacking, connect them with the resources they need for survival.
We pray for the families who have lost loved ones on their journeys, in exile, and imprisoned. May Divine peace which extends beyond time and space comfort our friends who continue to lament.
May the powers that be see all migrants with the dignity they deserve. May those with authority acknowledge our common humanity yet differing stories. May we all open our souls to the narratives of neighbors who are unlike us, and may we advocate for the migrants who have been robbed of dignity.
Nudge us to recall the stories of our ancestors who risked everything to migrate to distant lands. With thanksgiving, we celebrate the bravery of our kin, and pray for the courage of our siblings around this world.
During this season of Advent, may we connect with neighbors near and far, knowing that you, God, are calling us to radically love on our journeys.
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