'The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.' Psalm 145: 14 Click To Tweet
This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity uses material originated by the Caribbean churches. The inheritance of slavery and colonialism has meant that the economies of the Caribbean have never been self-sustaining. As a result, they have become dependent upon borrowing on the international markets in order to sustain economic development, which impacts upon the poorest, with regard to things such as transport, health and education. The Church is called to hear the voice of the poor that is often silenced but the disunity of the Church hinders this prophetic voice. Therefore, Christian unity is critical for the Church in its vocation to be on the side of the poor.
'Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.' James 1:9-10 Click To Tweet
God of the poor and dispossessed,
You hear the cries of your despised ones.
You look with favour on the lowly
And bring down the powerful from their thrones. Hear our cries for those who are silenced,
Our protests for those pushed to the margins. In our advocacy with them
May we find the unity to which you call us
In Christ’s name.
I don’t have time to hear
beyond the din of the crowd
the pointless bleating of some sightless tramp. Just a nuisance.
More important things to do.
Plans to be completed.
Status to be sustained.
The field lies barren,
faded flowers crunching under foot.
Until God comes
to sow from bountiful hand
a meadow of new hope
and a feast for eyes that were blind.