Prayer for Refugees #2

GOD OF ALL PEOPLE, We bring before you all who work for the fullness of justice, All who long for the widening of welcome To which your Gospel calls us:

Open hearts, open arms, open doors in welcome! Displaced God. Born in flight to parents anxious and weary, Born anew in those who flee oppression, leaving home and loved ones behind, And staking their lives on the hope of abundant life, we pray:

Open hearts, open arms, open doors in welcome!

Journeying God, Turned away over and over again By our world’s collective fear of the stranger, we pray:

Open hearts, open arms, open doors in welcome!

Uprooted God, Suspended in the endless uncertainty that is the daily life of the migrant, we pray: Open hearts, open arms, open doors in welcome! Waiting God, Waiting today with all who suffer separation from home and the familiar, Waiting for safe return, Waiting for war’s end, Waiting for justice to be restored, we pray:

Open hearts, open arms, open doors in welcome! God of all people, Stir us to holy anger over the wounds of our world. Move us to action for justice Until the fullness of welcome is fulfilled in our midst And the problems that cause migration— the poverty, the fear, and the suffering— Are confronted by all people of good will And transformed by the power of compassion. Amen!

– Source: CRS’ WALK A 21-DAY PRAYER JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD. Adapted from Sister Chris Koellhoffer Immaculate Heart of Mary