|Photo by Juan Andrés Del Puerto González|
Lord, thank you for our homes. They are usually safe, secure places. We pray for the 70,000 Paraguayans who evacuated their homes as the Paraguay River rose to nearly 24 feet today. We pray for those living in the low-lying slums, whose homes may not be there when they return. We pray all evacuees will experience the hospitality of friend and stranger alike as they seek refuge. Please provide peace, provide for their very practical needs, and cause the real meaning of Christmas to shine in the tent communities springing up in this emergency. May we keep our eyes open to those in need as we celebrate this joyous season. In the name of the Christ-child we pray, amen.