16th February 2018

Daily Reading: 16 February

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

Remember O Lord, what has befallen us. 

 

Something to read

 

Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
look, and see our disgrace!
Our inheritance has been
turned over to strangers,
our homes to aliens.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
We must pay for the water we drink.

Lamentations 5:31–39

 

Something to think about

The last chapter of Lamentations resembles the psalms of communal lament, such as Psalms 44 and 80, in which similar corporate language is used to speak to God of the people’s shame and desperate need for deliverance.

In our passage, the writer of Lamentations describes the people of Judah as orphans and widows; figures that throughout scripture stand for those who are the poorest of the poor.

These are those who have been left behind in Judah and have become a dispossessed people forced to work for others to survive. They struggle to eke out an existence and are forced to pay for basics, like water and wood, that before would have been their own.

Today, more than 850,000 refugees are stuck in camps on the border of Bangladesh, in what is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives. Many remain displaced in Myanmar.

Those who fled walked for miles, and for days on end, some with newborn babies. Conditions in the camps are incredibly difficult. With limited medical facilities, people are sick and at risk of serious disease.

Please hold our refugee sisters and brothers in your thoughts and prayers today.  

 

 

Something to do

When you next take a drink today, pause for a moment to remember that there are thousands living without clean water.

Please donate to the Rohingya Crisis Appeal

 

Something to pray

Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees, torn from home, family and everything familiar. Warm, especially, the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable among them.

Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt. Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth.

Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus. 

Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Coordinator for the South East region.


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