If you’re able to, we’d love you to join us in praying for the Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter – which opens on 1st December – and the KWT Supported Accommodation. We’re meeting at the Eastbourne Prayer Centre on Wednesday 27th November at 7:30pm. The Prayer Centre is at 13 Lismore Road, BN21 3AY. All welcome.
If you’re unable to join us, here are a couple of prayers you might consider using in your own times with God…
Hear our prayer today for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless this day.
For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations.
For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime.
For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.
For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in.
For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are.
For those who are afraid and hopeless.
For those who have been betrayed by our social safety net.
For all these people, we pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.
We pray for those of us with warm houses and comfortable beds
that we not be lulled into complacency and forgetfulness.
Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every homeless person we meet
so that we may be empowered through word and deed,
and through the political means we have,
to bring justice and peace to those who are homeless.
Lord Jesus, teach us to see who you see.
Help us to be a people who can’t walk past
Without stopping, and staying,
To meet a need, or listen to a story.
Make us always ready to comfort, and to pray with those on our streets –
Keep us open to what you are asking us to do for each one.
Give us your courage to look people in the eye,
And your love to reach out in compassion,
Grant us your peace so that we know we are in your hands, and doing your will,
As we step beyond what feels comfortable and safe.
May your perfect love for a stranger, cast out our fear of them
And leave us ready to be your hands and feet to them today.