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Blessing Not Burden | November 15, 2016
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Dear sisters and brothers,

Many of us have spent the past week grieving, for we know the stakes are high for so many as a result of this election. Children feel an increased threat of being separated from their parents because of deportations. Undocumented youth who are currently protected by DACA are afraid they will lose their temporary status and jobs overnight if it is repealed. Refugees from majority Muslim countries may be banned from entering the US. The Office of Refugee Resettlement may not receive adequate funding to resettle refugees in life threatening situations. Immigrants feel unwelcome and unsafe. Throughout the past year, we’ve worked hard to build a movement that empowers Christians to speak the truth that immigrants are a blessing and that welcoming refugees is a part of who we are as people of God. Thank you for responding to this call.

Moving forward, we renew our commitment to:

Stand with immigrants
Advocate to keep families together
Fight for DACA and young undocumented neighbors
Educate Christians about our broken immigration system and the need for reform
Urge Congress to enact laws that reflect the blessings immigrants are to our country
Demand that the President-elect speak in ways that reflect the blessings that immigrants are to our country

We ask you to renew your commitment as well and ask you to continue partnering with us in the the work of justice. Your voices are more important now than ever. We may be tired and weary but we will never stop spreading the truth that immigrants are a blessing to this country.

DO JUSTICE BLOG

God is in Control but I am Still Hurting

“As a woman, a Latina, a woman of color, and an immigrant living in the U.S., I feel so scared and unwelcome right now. Regardless of who you voted for, I need you to be my neighbor, my brother or sister right now.” Read more here.

Prayer

We know in this moment many of us are still without words and are not ready to take action. If you’re struggling to know what to say and how to say it after the U.S. election, consider reading this prayer.

Risen Christ,

We are your beloved. You delight in us. You want the best for us. We belong to you.

We are your church. We are not all the same. We are immigrants, we are women, we are conservatives, we are LGBT, we are children, we are gun-owners, we are men, we don't speak English, we are pacifists, we are black, we live in rural areas, we are liberals, we pay taxes, we are Native American, we have disabilities, we voted Republican, we voted Democrat, we voted our conscience, we didn't vote at all. We are made in your image.

We are your church, and in the wake of this election we struggle to know how to be one body. We offer our prayers to you, Maker of heaven and earth. We are your church, and some of us are afraid.

Immigrants fear being deported, or fear having their family ripped apart by deportation. Come, Lord Jesus.

Refugees who have fled unspeakable trauma now fear that the loved ones they are desperately praying for will not be able to join them in safety. Come, Lord Jesus.

Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, and Indians fear hateful acts and discriminating laws. Come, Lord Jesus. We are your church, and we are afraid. We are your church, and some of us have been dehumanized.

Women, African Americans, people with disabilities, LGBT people, migrants, victims of sexual violence and harassment, people returning from jail and prison—so many have been characterized in ways that desecrate the image of God in them. We are your church, and we feel powerless.

We are your church, and some among us cheered while others wept this week. But we all are called to pray for our leaders—those now in office, and those who will soon take power. We lift in prayer President Obama and President-elect Trump. May their actions reflect the dignity and deep responsibility of what voters have entrusted to them.

Strengthen us, your church, together to hold governing authorities accountable to the values we see in Scripture. Help us to uphold these values ourselves. We know that all people are of equal worth, that those in power must serve those who are vulnerable, that we are called to be hospitable to everyone—even those who are different from us or who may be our enemies—that the path of discipleship demands that we sacrifice our needs for the needs of others.

We pray for your church. Empower us to look at others who voted differently than we did, and to see the image of God in them. Move among us so that our relationships grow stronger, not weaker. Encourage us to find our voice together. May we see justice flow down like mighty waters.

We long to be people who deeply live out the implications of the gospel we believe, and who let it overcome our fear, our divisions, our resentments, our bigotry, our pain. We commit, Lord, to repent daily, to turn away from sin, and to walk in the way of Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus. Have mercy on us. Give us your peace.

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