Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 3 December

Shelters in a refugee camp in Bangladesh

Shelters in a refugee camp in Bangladesh

“Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell.” 

Matthew 7:27

Saba arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar with very little. When she got to the refugee camp, our local experts gave her a shelter kit so that her family could construct somewhere to live.  

She says, “I think that the shelter kit is the thing that I treat as my treasure… we would just be under the sky if we don’t have a shelter to live in.”

Saba continues, “We passed a year very well… But very recently, due to heavy rainfall and strong wind in this monsoon, there’s going to be damage.”

Families like Saba’s throughout the world are at the mercy of the weather. We know that even here in the UK, floods and strong winds can cause real damage to our homes.

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his story to emphasise how important it is, not just to listen to his word, but also to act on it.

And so this Advent, we spend time reflecting on what it is we are being called to do. We listen to God’s word, and we think about what it means for how we live our lives today, how we can care for our world, and for our sisters and brothers who are vulnerable, no matter where they are. 

Advent prayer

God our refuge, we pray that all your people may have somewhere safe to shelter from the storm. May we listen to your word and act upon it, today and always. Amen.

Act

Watch our Advent appeal video and find out more about Saba and her shelter.

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