Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 14 December

Kadar in Syria

Kadar, in Syria, says, "I only had the prayers I pray to God. I asked him to help me and he did through your help. May God bless you."

“O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.” 

Psalm 79:2

The Psalmist cries to God for help. It is a cry that continues today.

Kadar is a teacher. With his wife and three children he lives in a two-room house in Syria.

The house is small, with no heating and no sanitation. Kadar can’t afford to rent anything better.

Half of his income goes on rent. Almost the same amount again is needed for nappies and milk.

He is terrified that one of his children might get sick and he won’t be able to afford to pay for their medical care. Last winter he got into debt to buy oil to heat his home and keep his family warm.

Thanks to your support, we are working with the local Catholic Church to help Kadar to pay his rent.

When he was asked if there was anyone else that could have given him a hand, Kadar said, “No, not at all. I only had the prayers I pray to God. I asked him to help me and he did through your help. May God bless you.”

God hears the cries of those who call to him. Let us also open our ears to the cry of those who are in need. May these cries move us to take action, out of love for our global family.

Who knows, in this way, we may be the answer to someone’s prayers.

Advent prayer

Saving God, fill us with your love and move us to respond as we hear the cries of your people who are in need. Amen.


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