Immigrants and their families often face a grueling reality in this global corona virus pandemic. This is a time, friends, when we are reminded that our suffering occurs in solidarity with one another and with all of creation. The words of Etty Hillesum, the Dutch writer and spiritual seeker who died in Auschwitz, may speak to our current condition: “I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others”.
See excellent current information resources for immigrants (and others!) HERE.
Strangers No Longer is reaching out for much needed support in this time of great need. Might you be able to donate part of your stimulus check?
In this Easter Season
Happy Easter! Yes, Happy Easter. As we experience the greatest of Christian holy days may you see the beauty of God around you and within you. Our Christian faith is centered in Life – as exemplified by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – despite the current suffering and dying around us. Through it all let us not lose sight of trust and hope. We are anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us hold each other in love and prayer along with the many families suffering at this time.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.