17th March 2017
Tearfund: Living Water Day 17
LIVING WATER: Christ in all
Happy St Patrick’s Day
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland was a slave, a trafficked man, a refugee. He was taken to Ireland from Britain to work as a shepherd. After six years he escaped and trained to become a cleric and eventually a bishop. St Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.
Stories of redemption and courageous servant-heartedness that go beyond forgiveness are immeasurably inspiring. We are reminded of many of our partners who are going where the need is greatest, even when that opens the scars of the past.
Our partners like those in Lebanon are welcoming and helping refugees from the very country that invaded them and declared war against them just decades before. They are providing shelter, food, healthcare and prospects to those who have lost everything. In a context of hatred and intolerance, they are Jesus to the millions of people fleeing a terrible humanitarian crisis.
"Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me." (from St Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer)
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Contributed by Huw Tyler
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