When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.
Matthew 2: 3-8
Today’s reflection is a video from Andy & Emma Dipper, who are linked with CSW – Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and Release International. Watch the video by clicking on the image above.
Andy & Emma talked about how those being persecuted gather to pray for others around the world. It’s very easy to get bogged down in our own ‘stuff’, so today we encourage you to think of people across the world who might be living in worse conditions than you or dealing with worse problems than you.
Can you spare a prayer today for some of them? CSW have a daily prayer list on their website suggesting people and places to pray for, so why not have a look at that for some suggestions.
Prayer is a funny thing, many people find themselves offering a prayer or a thought even when they don’t have a defined faith. So whatever ‘prayer’ means to you today, even if it is just sparing a thought for others, try and spend a few minutes today doing that.