Daily reading: 19 May
God is always there to help.
Something to read
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’
Something to think about
In today’s world, what are the causes of trouble for the poorest people? Haiti is one of the poorest countries on Earth. It’s vulnerable to relentless natural disasters and climate change is only making them worse. Poverty makes it so much harder for communities to weather the challenges in their way. The Psalm describes immense troubles, but it ends with ‘be still and know that I am God!’ It promises that God is always there to help, providing refuge, security and peace.
Vilia found refuge, security and peace in the new house which Christian Aid’s partner built. This was only possible through the love people like you showed for your neighbours. Vilia prays for others in Haiti who still need our help: ‘God, Haiti is in your hands, the children are in your hands. Jesus you are the one who knows what you are capable of doing for us.’
Something to do
Find a place where you can see a brick, or hold one in silence. Pray with Vilia. Pray for Marcelin and others in Haiti who are displaced, and ask God that they too might have a home, and soon.
Something to pray
Holy God, in your kingdom
The strong need the weak,
The rich are transformed by the poor,
The fortunate are welcomed by the homeless.
Your kingdom is built by those who expect their God to come.
The reflections this week are based on the Christian Aid Week devotional.