Prayer for May 2
A Prayer for Immigrants during the Pandemic
Triune God, in the midst of crisis, we are tempted to turn inward—
to hoard, to criticize, to bury our heads in the sand of individualism.
But this pandemic has confirmed what our faith has always taught:
Individualism is impossible and impractical; all of creation is interconnected.
Help us now to embrace one another in solidarity, as we reflect your Triune Unity.
We pray for peace, hope, and healing for all affected by COVID-19
and the economic havoc it has wrought.
We pray especially for vulnerable migrants and refugees,
whose experience of this new threat is compounded by an ever-present fear of the unknown:
Undocumented workers, unable to feed their families and ineligible for government relief;
Asylum-seekers turned away from our borders, unable to find safe haven;
DACA recipients in the United States, unsure whether they will be rejected by their homeland,
despite recommendations to “stay home.”
Those in detention centers and migrant camps, unable to practice social distancing,
without a home to speak of.
As we navigate this global crisis, may we be ever conscious of your Spirit at work.
May we reject arbitrary divisions and counter injustice.
May we act together in solidarity and love,
recognizing that our connection to one another and our world
is our reflection of you.
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