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Image credit: The drawings of young refugees in Lebanon. Credit: Christian Aid

Armour of light

What if we put on an armour of light as well as our Christmas jumper this Advent? 

In our longing for light how do we guard ourselves against the darkness that pervades the news? The political chaos, the climate change mayhem, the brutal conflict and violence across the world…

For some of us it may mean practicing daily gratitude, reminding ourselves of the good and grace at work in the world. 

For those living at the sharp end of conflict and violence, what armour will be strong enough to help them resist the darkness of trauma and despair?

Psychologist Diana, works with a Christian Aid partner in Lebanon, Association Najdeh, to help child refugees recover from the impact of violence and conflict they experienced in Syria. Helping them to develop the resilience they need to process and be healed from the deep wounds of conflict inflicted at such a young age. 

“A lot of children with trauma come here to the centre. We can always try our best to provide them a place where they can find peace.” The centre provides counselling, psychotherapy, social workers, literacy classes, arts therapy (drama, dance, painting and music), life skills, and recreational sessions such as crafts, games and storytelling.

 

Clothe us, Advent God,

with your light armour

shielding us with an illuminating layer

not to avoid the dread and gloom

but to be impermeable to its bombardment

retaining our flicker of hope 

setting alight the dross of worry and fear

awakened to your will at work in the world

protected participants in restoring Shalom

and partnering with those working for peace.

Amen.

Romans 13: 11-14

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; 13 let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 
Comments

By Roger , one week ago

The Christian Aid contribution brings a most challenging and thought provoking perspective to our worship. Thank you very much for this.

By Isobel Morrison, one week ago

Following the emails for Advent I have found very helpful until today when a long sentence with no punctuation distracts my worship - sorry.

By albert bogle, one week ago

Thank you Wendy for you contributions this week very help[ful.
Sory Isobel about the long sentence, Good to give feedback.






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