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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