19th September 2018

Daily Reading: 19 September

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)


Can we open our hearts and doors to those in need?


Something to read


But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge to tell of all your works

Psalm 73:28 (from full reading Psalm 73:21-28)


Something to think about

The image of God as our refuge is often found in the Psalms. When the storms of life blow in, it is comforting to know that we can turn to God; our rock, our shelter, our fortress. Most of us in the Global North are lucky enough never to need physical refuge from famine, conflict or natural disaster.

Worldwide, of the 65 million people who have had to flee their homes due to violence or conflict, around 40 million are displaced inside their own country. Internally displaced people don’t have the protection and support that comes with legal refugee status. They are the forgotten refugees.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Christian Aid began as a response to the post-war refugee crisis in 1945, mindful that God calls us to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. We believe that God continues to call us to a radical hospitality. 

Can we answer that call? Can we overcome our fear of the stranger and open our hearts and our doors to those in need? Can we be brave enough to speak out when refugees are demonised? 


Something to do 

Find out more about Christian Aid’s campaign for displaced people and sign the petition calling on the Prime Minister to take action. 


Today’s contributor is Tim Burdon, Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for County Durham, and Redcar and Cleveland. Tim joined Christian Aid this year having previously been an Religious Education teacher.

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