For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (Matt 25:35-36).
I don’t know why this is on my heart while I’m in the middle of exams, but tonight when I finally had a chance to slow down and pray for a bit, God put it on my heart to pray for all the transgender people who will be homeless this winter. There are so many wonderful souls out there who truly need our love and support. Speaking for myself at least, right now the only way I can contribute is by praying. So here’s a short prayer for my beautiful brothers and sisters who are without a home this Christmas:
Please protect and defend your precious children who do not have a home this winter season. Please provide for all their material and spiritual needs. Fill them, Lord, with every good thing. Show them your love this Christmas by providing for their poverty.
In their loneliness, Lord, be with them.
In their fear, Lord, give them peace.
In their despair, Lord, give them hope.
In their rejection, Lord, give them your love.
Lord, send out messengers of peace to your poor trans children. Send forth your servants to the transgender community this Christmas. Allow them to see you in the faces of other people and feel your love through the love of others.
God, change hearts this Christmas so that every transgender person feels at home, whether on the streets or with their family. Orient our hearts and minds, o Lord, to love.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:20-21)