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Meditation For Immigrants

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Source of Life who is known by many names;
Over-turner and illuminator of hearts;
We gather with gratitude for the earth and all who journey in it.
We give thanks for the interconnectedness of all creation.
We ask for support for those without support;
And we pray for the stronghold of those without protection;
We declare openly the times that we have fallen short
From living out the call to justice;
From recognizing the whole of creation as an extension of our being;
From hearing the plight of those yearning for justice;
From seeing the harm in our way of life and in our policies that inflict upon Your
creation.
Source of Wisdom who is known by many names;
What actions are most excellent?
To gladden the heart of a human being;
To feed the hungry;
To help the afflicted;
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful;
To remove the wrongs of the injured;
Let us not forget…

 

The Psalmist asks:
Who is fit to hold power and worthy to act in God’s place?
Those with a passion for the truth, who are horrified by injustice;
Who act with mercy to the poor and take up the cause of the helpless;
Who have let go of selfish concerns and see the whole creation as sacred.
Let us not forget…..

 

Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth, asks:
What is the greatest commandment?
To love your Creator;
To love your neighbor;
To undermine oppressive powers with life-giving actions;
To be in solidarity with all who suffer;
To act for justice;
And to teach others to act for justice
Let us not forget….

 

Source of Justice who is known by many names;

Let us not swerve from the path of righteousness
that leads to just and equitable relationships.
Open our eyes that we may see
the immigrant and undocumented;
Give us the courage to stand with those crossing our and others’ borders;
Escaping economic oppression and political persecution;
Seeking work to support their families;
Aspiring to participate in the bounty of Your Creation;
Give us the strength to confront the prejudice and
intolerance of those who are fearful;
And to respond by opening our borders to those who
sojourn and are seeking life and opportunity;
Give us the will to leave behind the safety of our sanctuaries and temples;
And claim our place in the movement to transform creation;
That our voice, our heart, and our spirit
will join the voice, heart and spirit of all
who demand to live with respect, justice and peace.
Let us not forget….

 

Source of Direction who is known by many names;
In our daily living let us be guided;
By the highest estimate of the worth
and dignity of every person regardless of their legal status;

 

And let us not forget….
That Your Creation is founded on justice;
And that we have the moral responsibility
to bring forth justice into these times.

 

Amen.

Dedicated to the People of Ukraine, Afghanistan, Mexico and Central America and all who seek justice, refuge and peace

~Jessica Vazquez Torres, for Interfaith Worker Justice