Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 December

Majid's eldest daughter Raisa, age 11, and her younger sister sit in their rented home in Syria

Majid's eldest daughter Raisa, age 11 (right), and her younger sister

“Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” 

Matthew 18:14

God watches over all his children, like a shepherd watches over his sheep. God does not want any of us to be lost.

Similarly, we watch out for the next generation. Whether it is as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers or friends we have a role to play in caring for the youngest members of our society.

Imagine how it must feel for those parents trying to keep their children safe in a time of conflict.

Majid in Syria has done all that he can to keep his family safe from war – fleeing with them from home, walking through the desert, and now working hard to try and pay for all the things that they need.

But it is not easy. He now has six daughters and the older girls have been to four different schools in the last year, as they have moved from place to place in search of safety.

Majid is worried: “All this change affects the grown-ups, let alone the children. They were used to living in a familiar environment where they knew everyone. It hasn’t been easy for them to adapt.”

So, when Majid received help through your support to pay his rent he said, “It was a sparkle of hope.” For the first time in a long time he was able to buy his daughters some new clothes. And he hopes that they will be able to stay in school.

He explains, “I want my girls to pursue their education. That’s what matters the most.”

Advent prayer 

God in heaven, be with us today and always. Guide us as we try to find the right path and lead us in your ways of peace and justice so that not one of your children may be lost. Amen.

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