Lord God, help us to remember those who tonight will go to sleep unfed and unwelcome, strangers in foreign lands, people who have fled for their lives and are far from their homes.

We lift up to you those who are escaping persecution and conflict, such as the thousands from East Africa and the Middle East; having fled death, torture or ruthless exploitation. So many carry wounds, mental and physical. So many have suffered so much.

Lord Jesus, give us more of your compassion for their plight, soften our hearts to their situation, and help us follow your lead in seeking justice and mercy on their behalf. And Lord, we pray for an end to the wars, poverty and human rights abuses that drive desperate people to become refugees in the first place.

We give thanks for those working in these troubled countries, and ask for more of your blessing so we can bring life, dignity and hope to those that remain.

Eternal God, we thank you that you are Lord of all the earth and all its people are loved by you.

We pray these things in the name of your son who was himself born into the troubled life of a refugee.

Amen