Lord, today we pray for the hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat. Lord, it is hard to imagine the desperation that would drive families to risk their lives crossing the sea in unworthy vessels. It is distressing to hear how much money the refugees are paying, and how they are mistreated at holding points. Lord, protect them. Help them find another means of transportation. Help them find places where they will be welcome and safe. Give those monitoring the sea efficiency so they can rescue people as quickly as possible, in order that the thousands of deaths per year will diminish drastically and quickly. And, Lord, please bring resolution to the wars and devastation that are driving these people from their homelands in the first place, so these wild risks will not be taken at all. We place our trust and hope in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.