Hopes, Fears and Human Rights

Human Rights DAY‘The hopes and fears of all the years’

The hopes and fears of all the years are met today, the tenth day of Advent, in Human Rights Day. With the fears of what humanity could do to each other all too fresh in the human imagination, the first Human Rights Day in 1948 set out a shared vision and enlivened the hope of how we could be, how humanity could flourish together.

This year the theme for Human Rights Day is freedom! Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Human Rights Day is a day to pause and put your finger on the pulse of humanity and to hope, pray and take action for change.

Take a moment to read through a national paper or news website and identify where freedom is flourishing or being denied.

Pray for our world and the freedom of all.

May it come soon
To the hungry to the weeping
To those who thirst for your justice,
To those who have waited centuries
For a truly human life.
Grant us the patience
To smooth the way
On which your Kingdom comes to us.
Grant us hope,
That we may not weary
In proclaiming and working for it,
Despite so many conflicts,
Threats and shortcomings.
Grant us a clear vision
That in this hour of our history
We may see the horizon,
And know the way
On which your Kingdom comes to us.

From Nicaragua Bread of Tomorrow – compiled by Janet Morley, published by SPCK and Christian Aid.

This Advent, Christian Aid seeks the flourishing of lives freed from malaria. Find out more about how you can get involved with their Christmas Campaign.


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