A Palm Sunday prayer march for refugees (whilst we need to stay at home!)

A Palm Sunday prayer march for refugees (whilst we need to stay at home!)

Prayer walking

Prayer walking has a long tradition.  Centuries ago, monks and nuns walked in circles or around the cloisters and prayed silently or recited psalms.  Some people walk through their neighbourhoods or in the bush and praying as they go, being intentional about listening for the Spirit and allowing her to guide them and their prayer.

Prayer labyrinths became popular during the times of the crusades when it became too dangerous to make pilgrimages to the Holy Land.  People walked around labyrinths in cathedrals as it was safer than travelling on the roads.

Prayer walking

Palm Sunday march

Usually, we would be marching on Palm Sunday to show solidarity with those seeking refuge.  We can’t do that at the moment but we can pray and we can walk around our gardens or our houses, or we can sit still and ponder.

The World Vision website has some interesting things to say:

‘You won’t find the term “refugee” in the Bible. But the Word of God has plenty to say about people called “strangers” and “sojourners” or “foreigners” in our translations.

“Strangers” and “foreigners” refer to anybody who was from another ethnic group but had chosen to live with the Jews in Israel — no matter what category they might represent in today’s terms.

For instance, the book of Ruth is about a widow from the tribe of Moab who chooses to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Israel and live there with her. In Ruth 2:10 we see her ask Boaz, in whose field she is gleaning, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me — a foreigner?” She understands her status as being outside the tribe of Israel.

“Sojourners” are people who are temporarily living in Israel or just traveling the country.’

Visit the website to learn more: https://www.worldvision.org/refugees-news-stories/what-does-bible-say-about-refugees