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​The Apostle Paul, in his poetic vision painting of how our faith
communities could be in Ephesians, Chapter 3, said God’s plan for deep love and wide warmth put him on his knees in prayer. Let us join him in that as we seek for a love that full & broad to be communicated from our homeland to the arriving children and their families:
God, whose spirit migrated over the waters of chaos before creation to bring it beauty and order, we remember the fleeing children and their families here today because of those conversations that have taken place in the hush of the night in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and elsewhere among families aching for an exit from extortion, violence, murders, and poverty. We gather because of wrenching decisions to board the beast for transit, to corral coy and costly coyotes and journey north—not for what can be gotten...but because staying safe in untenable conditions is most often no longer even an option. We gather because the children are gathered right now, ages two and ten and teens--on trails and in teams and with trauma and near tragedy—TRYING to leave terrors behind and find safety among us.
COMFORT them, Lord! When many in our land have said the solution to their pain is to expedite their removal more quickly—GIVE OUR GOVERNMENT AND ALL LEADERS FAR MORE COMPASSIONATE RESPONSES. When busloads have been denied access points for care by cars full who have come in to push them back with their shouts—BE THAT STILL, SMALL VOICE THAT BUILDS TO AN EVER PRESENT ROAR FOR JUSTICE AND WELCOME! When families on all sides of borders are searching for hope to be reunited and find help in this world where you gave us more than enough to share—MAY THE STRENGTH OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT BE WHAT IS FOUND AND FELT—IN EACH PERSON AND IN OUR POLICIES.
And when souls of the children feel like parched plants from their real desert wanderings—God, COME HOME TO THEIR HEARTS AND OURS, AND GIVE THEM ROOTS DEEP IN THE SOIL OF GOD’S MARVELOUS LOVE UNTIL WE ALL CAN ACT KNOWING AND TRUSTING JUST HOW DEEP AND HOW WIDE YOUR LOVE REALLY IS. You have brought us here to hear their cries. Make our hearts open now, and give us the power to understand and to respond. AMEN.
(Written by Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church, Disciples of Christ)​

​​“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Abraham and Sarah, our ancestors, welcomed wayfarers into their tents. On Passover, we open our doors and proclaim, “Let all who are hungry, come and eat!” On Sukkot, we welcome guests into our Sukkah. Let us, too, welcome these children, with love in our hearts, responding to the Torah’s call to affirm their inherent worth, and elevating the lessons learned by our people to welcome guests into our homes after centuries of wandering. “We shall do, and we shall hearken!” Blessed are You, Master of the Universe, who Welcomes the Stranger.

Common Prayer - Prepared by Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director of CLUE-LA  for the Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer For Unaccompanied Migrant Children 2014

June 6th, 2018

​As people of faith & conscience, we ought to uphold the Quranic injunction that it is He, who “grants equal dignity and all the honor to every child of Adam” – not just some or not only those with papers or without. It is incumbent upon us to stand up for what is right and what is just. For Quran teaches us this:

O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin and whether it be against rich or poor: For Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do. (4:135)

​I ask you to join me and our fellow brothers and sisters from all faiths and traditions to make this week a week of compassion and justice.

Let us remember that it is most noble to give before we are asked for it ...
Let us remember that our gratefulness to God’s awesome gifts is to protect them ..
Let us remember that children are a mighty & priceless blessing to us and not a curse ..
Let us remember as parents & guardians of our imperative to be a source of comfort to them ..
Let us remember that we’ll be remembered by our care & concern for the voiceless
Let us remember that our joy is in giving rather than in receiving

Let us remember that in God, we seek refuge and find strength in reclaiming and restoring the lost rights of His most awesome creation and gift to us - our children

​Let us together engage in this noble struggle to defend those who are defenseless, to give voice to those who are voiceless and to be a reason of smile and joys to those who are full of tears and without hope – their voiceless cries must be heard because in it is our salvation and in them is our present & future! Amen.

Excerpt of sermon Friday Sermon (Khutba) on the Plight of Fleeing Chidlren from Central America Prepared by Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California for the Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer For Unaccompanied Migrant Children 2014