God, our promised land


God, our promised land;
Christ, our way,
   our journey has become long and hard
   because we wander about
   like nomads
   not knowing where to go.
We are strangers in our own land,
   without bread, a roof, a future.
But you came to find us
   with your life-giving breath.
You, who are also displaced,
   have become an exile with us.
You offer us anew the promised land.
Your spirit urges us toward
   that joyous homecoming.

Displaced campesinos, Peru
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.


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