Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 December – Second Sunday of Advent

A young refugee with her baby in Bangladesh CAFOD

Rajida from Myanmar gave birth to her baby in a rice paddy whilst travelling as a refugee to Bangladesh (Tommy Trenchard/Caritas Internationalis)

A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.

Mark 1:1-8

How can we prepare a way for the Lord this Advent, in our hearts and in our communities? How can we help to sow signs of hope which reflect the kingdom of God?

Rajida was heavily pregnant when she fled from violence in Myanmar. “For four days I hid myself in the forest, then we tried to walk to the border. I was so scared.” 

Thankfully, Rajida found her way to safety in Bangladesh. She gave birth to a baby girl under plastic sheeting in a rice paddy. “When I saw that she was healthy, I was so happy. I gave thanks to God.” 

We share in Rajida’s good news. Through our church partner, Caritas Bangladesh, we are providing food and kitchen utensils for families like Rajida’s. 

But with your help, we could do so much more. More than half a million people have fled to Bangladesh in recent months to escape violence in Myanmar. Many refugees are sleeping on the side of the road – or wherever they can find space – and are in desperate need of shelter, clean water and sanitation.  

You can help prepare a way by bringing hope and compassion to our neighbours.

Advent prayer 

God who is with us, we pray our sisters and brothers may find a place of shelter and peace. Help us to share generously, and so prepare a way for your kingdom of justice and mercy. Amen. 

Act 

Please give the emergency shelter World Gift for our neighbours whose lives have been turned upside down. Your gift will make a life-changing difference to refugee families. Thank you.

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