My ancestors were refugees (Huguenots). It was probably in the 17th or 18th century that they fled from France to (in my case) settle in Kent. Thank God that they were welcomed. We too need to welcome those fleeing war, torture and rape.

On Sunday the Bishop of Bradford asked all churches in the area to pray for the refugees as follows:

Merciful God, your son was a refugee and shared the suffering of people fleeing from danger in fear and repression.

You know what it is like to be hungry and afraid and have nowhere to call home.

God of the displaced, we pray for the safety of the refugees and ask that they will find a place of security. Protect them from those who would seek to exploit them and from dangers.

God of hope, we thank you for those organisations in our region and more widely who are working to bring relief and comfort to those displaced, showing glimpses of grace in the darkness of despair. God, give them strength.

God of justice, guide the nations and the leaders of the worlds towards peace and justice; stir all out hearts to be generous and compassionate.

God, help us to play our part in bringing about change that we want to see.

Through Jesus Christ out Lord.”

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