Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me. My adversaries trample over me all the day long; many are they that make proud war against me.
In the day of my fear I put my trust in you, in God whose word I praise. In God I trust, and will not fear, for what can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56.1-4)
Thanks to modern communications, we can be made aware of so many ways in which folk suffer. This week is Awareness Week for no fewer than 11 different causes aiming to channel energy into answering cries for help from people in trouble. Among them is Refugee Week. Here in Kent we receive a tiny fraction of the millions worldwide being ‘trampled over’. Let us pray for them – that they may have the Psalmist’s spirit, that their oppressors might feel compassion and that we may be part of God’s answer to the cry of those in need of rescue.