Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
The opening prayer for the presentation by Germán Zárate and the Rev. Mamie Broadhurst on working for human rights with the displaced people of Colombia:
A Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today
who are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace.
Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly,
to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us now to befriend the friendless, protect the weak children,
and work for the rights of all.
Lord, no one is a stranger to you,
and no one is ever far from your loving care.
On our journey home, bring us together in peace, in justice, and in love,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sera Chung, field education student with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations from Princeton Theological Seminary, crafted the prayer using materials found on Invitation to Prayer and Awaken to Prayer.