Prayers of the people
A refugees Dream
Close your eyes
Dear God.. Let us imagine your Universe and cosmos so vast, the setting in motion of great events that change the millennia, movements of land, continents, weather, water, wind & fire, stars & planets…….
Let us imagine the adding of people, yearning, movement & power, each of us in our way trying to know You, the Divine within …
Imagine now, Gods compassions in absence- the small ones are pushed from the predictable to the terrifying, feeling safe for a moment, a touch of love in a stable, in a residence…..Then a rumour, a message, a bureaucratic edict, an instinct, a desperate asking, borrowing time, fleeing to save a life … grappling with guilt as others are slaughtered- …..we can but save ourselves. It becomes fight or flight …… seeking refuge.. somewhere……
…….Jesus you know this experience, have lived it, the trauma & terror of your parents, the long dusty hot & cold road. Mary you know this as a teenager, no women to comfort your labour, sore & confused from birth. Joseph listening, heeding, open dreaming yet worried…
Let us imagine…, each of these divine small ones & those very few, amongst us here in our community, now who have found some refuge ….. Those in our world still knowing and feeling the fear and not belonging, still seeking in harrowing places, we pray for them.
Just as Joseph was given a dream of hope, God give each of these small ones a dream, those running, starving, beaten and witnessing the killing, a dream to know your strange & loving warning, your hand reached out ……… Because each one is a divine cosmos, each one worthy of a dream of Love. Help us, as the Church, to be open to the faith of those possible dreams, and to be part of the plan to fulfil those dreams.
God, Give each of us, in the safety of the Church & society, a Divine inspired dream to move and reach out, to embrace those on the run, to offer help & imagine how to offer compassion, practical support, to give of our time, our money, our political actions to those fleeing and arrived.
Jesus we know you are aching with us, for us and in us. Help us to know that you have experienced all of humanities pain and we pray for the Divines love & a dream for us all.
In Jesus name we pray…. Amen
Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 29/12/19, Christmas 1A