It is heart rending to read about the thousands of refugees fleeing the ravages of war in the Mid-East in search of a safe place to live. The image of the dead boy found on a beach in Turkey captured the world’s attention and accentuated just how desperate these people are. The refugees certainly need our prayers and open hearts to help find their way to a resting place they can trust.
In my prayers, I pray to see them in the presence of God no matter where they are standing at the moment. To see that they are not alone, that God goes before them and that divine Love prepares a path for them to walk that leads to a home they can trust. To see that they reflect the Mind of God that sees solutions, opportunities, ways out of suffering and paths to safety and peace; to know that they are not deserted and left alone to rely solely upon their own devices; to see that they have as much value and worth as anyone else in the world, that they have a rightful place to be, and a place to live where they are wanted, cared for and cherished; to see that there is room for everyone in God’s wide open earth; and to see that they are not a threat to others, but a blessing to be appreciated.
I also pray for peace in the Mid-East. That war does not have to be the rule there. That the residents of that region can learn to compromise in ways that bless everyone, that they can be inclusive and learn to live side by side with people of differing views and religious beliefs. To see that selfishness, self-righteousness, and religious elitism do not reign. To see that the one Mind rules and provides common ground for all to unite in one common brotherhood.
People may flee their countries, but they can never flee the presence of God. God goes before them and follows behind them. God is always with them, an ever-present refuge no matter where their feet are planted at the moment.
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him”
Nahum, 1:7, NRSV