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19th February 2017 – Where are they now?

19th February 2017 – Where are they now?
February 17, 2017 Judith Simms

The blankets and the little shelter tents

Have long gone.

The people taken by bus to, for them,

An unknown destination.

Will it be better than this wild camp?

We cannot imagine so, although we long to hope.


Loving Father, we pray for all those whose lives

Have been shattered through the inhumanity

Of people to each other.

The disruption to their families,


Many mourn the cruel deaths

That they have witnessed.

Some seek lost family and friends

Without much hope.

We look on, feeling helpless, hopeless

In the face of widespread devastation.


So, Loving Father, we ask again,

Where are they now? –

the families who lived in that camp?

We only know that you are there

Wherever they may be.


May this year bring about some workable solutions;

Some respite and some hope.

May all those, who give time, skills, resources,

Feel that there is a least a little

Light at the end of such a deep, dark tunnel.


Father Forgive,

Open hearts and minds to care

And love enough to change

Such desolate, demanding need.


For the sake of Jesus Christ

We pray,



Reading: Matthew 2:13-18

STF 723   Who can sound the depths of sorrow

        714    The God who sings a new world



Prayers for February by Hazel Parsons