We acknowledge the presence of the Divine,
Here on earth, here in each other,
Present now in every moment and every being.
Three major faiths site their beginnings with Abraham. Let us listen to what their scriptures say about refugees.
Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
Hebrews 13:1-2 – “…show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels…”
Matthew 25:31-46 – “…I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
8.72] Surely those who believed and fled (their homes) and struggled hard in Allah’s way with their property and their souls, and those who gave shelter and helped– these are guardians of each other; and (as for) those who believed and did not fly, not yours is their guardianship until they fly; and if they seek aid from you in the matter of religion, aid is incumbent on you
We pray today for hearts that are open to wisdom and understanding, for mercy and acceptance.
We pray for our leaders and fellow citizens who are trapped in fear, and filled with confusion about the other or the unknown. We pray for those who do not comprehend the fact that all are sisters and brothers no matter one’s nation of origin or one’s beliefs.
May these, our leaders and fellow citizens, open their hearts and minds to the reality of the pain and suffering of our Muslim brothers and sisters. For these, our brothers and sisters seek what all of us seek – to live in peace and freedom, to raise children in love, and to feel value and worth in their daily living.
We pray for those Muslim sisters and brothers who courageously travel unknown roads, who are forced to leave all behind, who are fearful of an unknown future. We pray that we may help our Muslim brothers and sisters realize their dreams. We pray that we may be their voice, that we may be their advocates in a land that is not always welcoming.
We pray, that no matter our faith or creed, we may be of one mind, united in prayer, thought and action welcoming the stranger, the alien, the refugee into our hearts and minds in this our beloved country.
We pray that by sharing the good things we have been given, may we secure justice and equality for every human being, an end to all division, and a human society built on love and peace.
We make this and all prayer through the Gracious Mystery we name God.