The Spirit has encouraged me to write a prayer for the unsheltered, marginalized, and exploited. It’s interesting to me that many of the homeless people I encounter on a daily basis fall into at least one, if not all, of these categories. In one way or another, these are abused souls living out their pain among us.
The week ahead promises to be cold. We undoubtedly will be staying open as an emergency warming shelter. This is not as glamorous as it sounds. As a matter of fact, it’s downright difficult housing people who don’t want to be housed, especially not together in one place. They want their freedom and independence. Before you judge them too harshly, I would remind you of what the last two years have been like for all of us and how much we relished having our freedoms and independence curtailed in order to keep us alive. But, we are never really as free and independent as we believe ourselves to be. After all, we don’t live in a vacuum. We share the planet we inhabit with a gazillion others who want their space, too.
Humanity isn’t always kind. We can be cruel. We can hurt those we love deeply. We discard people like they are yesterday’s rubbish. It’s downright shameful. Are we not all created in God’s image? If so, then we all have innate value. We matter.
Prayer for the Unsheltered, the Marginalized, & the Exploited
Father, forgive us for how badly we treat each other. I pray for those living on the streets without shelter from the elements. I hope that You keep the unsheltered people out of harm’s way. Lord, I lift up the marginalized to You. They yearn to be seen and heard, but lack the voice they need. May they find their voice in You, dear God. I pray for those all around the world who are victims of exploitation. I lift up to You, O Lord, those who have been trafficked, traded, and traumatized by evil people only seeking to line their own pockets. Father God, I thank You in advance for the work You alone are doing in the lives of the least of these. I give You all the Honor, all the Glory, and all the Praise. Amen.
May your Sunday be filled with God’s blessings. May you find rest and refreshment.
The Devotional Guy™
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