Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 December

Refugees sitting in a camp in Lebanon CAFOD

Watfa, 70, and Sahara, 60, suffered a harrowing journey from Syria

Come to me, all who are overburdened, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-30

These words are a balm and a blessing. Jesus understands all that life throws at us. When we are most in need, we can come to the Lord to find peace.

Watfa, 70, and Sahara, 60, are relatives living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. As they sit in their tent, they tease one another playfully. But not a day goes by when they forget the harrowing journey which brought them here from Syria.

“They were bombing us. Bombing our children. When we ran through the streets, we could see children dying. I remember seeing bodies of children lying on the streets.”

“We had to run, we would have died if we had stayed. We ran with just these clothes. We both walked for four days in the snow. We didn’t eat, so the journey became harder without food. I don’t know how we did it.”

Thank God Watfa and Sahara did escape. Let us pray they find the peace they are longing for. And for those who have died, in our own families and across the world, let us pray they may rest in peace in God’s loving embrace.   

Advent prayer

Everlasting God, you give strength to the weary and set the captives free. Shelter us all, we pray, under the shadow of your wings. Amen.


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