Week beginning 27th March
Read; Exodus 2: 23 – 25. 1 Peter 2:9 – 10
The Hebrews were not happy in Egypt. They felt hurt and upset at their predicament. This passage in Exodus highlights that God listened to their concerns and responded to them. it took a long time before they were able to settle in their own lands, but in due time they were able to live as they wished. It is interesting to imagine what their thoughts and words may have been. We know that their journey was not always straightforward, and there were complaints, but there was no going back. They had to look to the future, overcome challenges and plan for the future, hoping for better things.
The charities that work to welcome and help to settle newcomers to our society often comment that they learn so much from those that they re supporting. They recognise the skills that exist, and the experience form their previous lives in other parts of the world. They also recognise the frustration involved when skills and qualifications are not recognised, and being able to work and be independent is denied. The refugees and migrants of today all face challenges and dangers as they journey. They do not always know where they may finally settle or how long it will take to get there. They have to be resilient and patient. Many who meet and work with them comment on their cheerfulness and determination.
Reflect: Travelling people, with no place to call home, who are searching for a new life in a safe place, are often regarded as non people, that is people who are somehow undeserving, less than human. Consider that such misfortune could happen to anyone. How might you react and behave? How do you think you would feel?
Prayer: God, you are our rock and our shelter in times of trouble and challenge. Help us to hold fast to you so that you can guide our journey of life. We ask you to let those who are forced to travel into the unknown feel your presence close to them, gently guiding and keeping them safe. We pray for them and for those who give of their time and talents to comfort, welcome, educate and support, helping them to establish in a new home land.