I’d like to share a very special sermon delivered in Plentywood, Montana, to mark June 20, World Refugee Day.
The Rev. R. Mark Taylor asked parishioners at Plentywood Lutheran Church to think about how it must feel to walk in the shoes of refuges, and to recognize the walk of hardship and hopelessness of being driven from one’s home by conflict or terror. He then invoked God’s blessings on their walk to freedom.
Rev. Taylor shared stories of refugee and migrant journeys from LIRS and from his own life. Using Christ’s example in Luke chapter 8 of recognizing people’s needs and ministering to them, he encouraged people to not be afraid to reach out with the power of God’s grace.
I’m grateful to Rev. Taylor for standing with refugees. It’s not too late to honor vulnerable migrants in your worship this weekend. Read the full text of Rev. Taylor’s sermon for inspiration.