Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 December
“Strengthen all weary hands, steady all trembling knees and say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid.’”
Sara manages a refugee and migrant centre in Lebanon. She has been working with refugees and migrants for 15 years.
She supports Syrian refugees, finding them shelter and helping them to integrate into life in Lebanon. She also supports those who have been trafficked or suffered domestic violence.
She says, “We ask them what their partner was like before the war, and around 30-40 per cent say yes, they were violent, but the rest say no. They say their husband became more anxious and aggressive when they arrived in Lebanon, and that they have no family to support them.”
Sara faces many challenges in her work. She shows huge courage, continuing with her work despite receiving threats.
“I get a lot of threats. I have been threatened by the abusers. Sometimes the police tell me not to take my car when I come to work. But I don’t care about the threats.”
“People ask me why I do this work. Sometimes I find it hard to express it, I love this work. I am very happy when I go home and feel I am helping someone.”
Sara’s example of courage and putting herself in danger to support others who are vulnerable is truly inspirational. This Advent, may we all have the courage to do what we know to be right, and to reach out in love to those who are in need.
God of courage, free me from the fear of that which is unknown or different. Grant that I may be courageous in welcoming and supporting all those in need. Amen.
Pray for all refugees and for all who work to support them. May they know freedom from fear and may we be courageous in our response to them.