Monday, 20 June 2016

The Refugee

Today is World Refugee Day. If you want to have a read of some interesting information on what this day is all about then please read this link. What strikes me about today, is that we easily forget that Jesus was a refugee for part of his early childhood.

13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” - Matthew 2:13-15

We are so used to seeing pictures of refugees on boats trying to get across to Europe or long lines of people walking across barren terrain - these images may/may not strike a chord with us, but it is so vital to remember the humanity of these people. Let us imagine that Joseph, Mary and Jesus could be walking in one of those groups of refugees.

“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.” - Kofi Annan

Prayer: Today we pray for those who have been displaced by war, famine or genocide. May you grant us the same grace that you gave to those who harboured Jesus when he was just a child. 

Living in Grace

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