A Prayer for Migrants

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Vandalized humanitarian aid supplies. Image from: http://www.thedisappearedreport.org

By Katerina Friesen. Reposted from Watershed Discipleship blog.

Christ our Resurrection and Life,
We call to your presence
los desplazados, los desconocidos.
We call to your presence those lost in the desert,
those killed in the name of border security.
Rescue the perishing, strengthen the faltering,
and guide those finding their way tonight.

Desplazados: presente! Desconocidos: presente!
Ever present before you, you know each by name.

Madre de los desaparecidos, llena eres de gracia,
We pray for over 7,000 families, children, spouses
of those who disappeared while crossing.
Loved ones left with an open question, with a hole in their heart.
Comfort them in their grief and loss,
wrap them in your blue cloak of love.

Desaparecidos: presente! Desconocidos: presente!
Ever present before you, you know each by name.

Water of Life, very real hope for the thirsty,
save us from our delusion and delirium,
from lives walled off with lies about our neighbors.
Teach us your wily, watery ways:
though they cast you down and pour you out,
you sink down and rise up again.
Let us keep dropping water in dry places,
until justice flows down like a river,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amen.

 

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