Lovefast 21: Outcast
By Simon from Mahabba Derby
Inspired by 'Domari Gypsies of the Middle East' from 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Thought for the day
There are outcasts in every society, including the UK and the West.
In our communities and where we are used to the social norms, we can struggle to relate to others both individually and corporately.
Having read today's entry about the gypsy community in the Middle East, can you relate?
Take a moment to consider when you struggled to relate to someone, whether because of their clothes, upbringing or worldview.
Perhaps you recalled a conversation with a Muslim.
Let's be honest - many Muslims retain a strong cultural and language connection with their ancestral home, often Pakistan.
Culture and language in Pakistan is different to the UK, which can make it hard for us to build deep relationships.
The reality though is that communities of Muslims - and others - bring a rich diversity to where we live, without which we would be the poorer.
Statistically, Muslims also tend to be concentrated in the areas of highest deprivation, so have many needs.
Putting aside our differences and things that may cause us to want to retreat, let's consider how we can build bridges into the Muslim community.
How can we pray and act to bring about transformation where Muslims live, being a channel of the water of life to those that thirst?
Today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Inspiration for today's entry - click to open
Prayer for the day
Lord Jesus, help me to put aside my insecurities and fears of the unfamiliar. Thank you for the diversity and richness in the Muslim community around me. Help me to grow in love and appreciation for Muslims and their cultural and heritage. I pray that you would continue to come close to them in Ramadan; reveal your son, Jesus Christ, to Muslims, that they might know you fully.
Go to your neighbour or the house of a Muslim family locally. Ask whether they need any help with their garden or taking any household items to the local tip. If not, do a litter pick on your street and look for opportunities to talk to neighbours you might see. Aim to strike up conversations and start building relationships with those you don't know.
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