You didn’t think about yesterday, and tomorrow may not happen, it was only today that you had to cope with and you got through it as best you could.
Iby Knill, survivor of the Holocaust.
One Day is the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial (27th January 2022).
On this Holocaust Memorial, Creator God, we pray for all your people trusting that for each person One Day becomes THE day on which their life changes for the better.
We pray for. . .
—the eastern Mediterranean region where snowfall has disrupted life for internally displaced people in camps in Syria.
In One Day the little shelter they have to call home was destroyed.
—those caught in the stampede at the Africa Cup of Nations match in Yaounde, Cameroon, and for those who mourn the eight who died.
One day, and yet it means that families’ and friends’ lives are forever disrupted.
—those who are still crossing, or trying to cross, the border between Myanmar and Thailand.
May this be the One Day they reach a place of safety.
—the USA’s James Webb Space telescope and we celebrate its safe arrival at the L2 stationary orbit earlier this week.
One Day those who lead research and interpret results may solve the mysterious structures of the universe and our place in it.
—women in Guatemala who celebrate their judicial victory in sexual violence cases over half a century.
We pray that One Day will bring peace and equality to all who suffer FGM and hymenoplasty.
—New Zealanders as they again tighten Covid-19 restrictions, and especially for those whose life events, weddings, baptisms, birthdays and funerals, are disrupted.
May they may find One Day their special day is marked.
—”next steps” at the conclusion of the Afghanistan talks in Oslo, Norway.
We pray that for One Day, every day, the people of Afghanistan would receive food, medical aid and shelter.
—the discovery and protection of new ecosystems, such as the giant pristine coral reef that was discovered off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia.
And we pray that One Day we will see a genuine, global response to the COP26 climate summit.
As we pray with these examples to focus our thoughts and prayers, we remember that in every country these events repeat, recur and One Day remains the hope and prayer of all people of justice and compassion. For all people we ask: their One Day, of decision, of achievement, of rescue, of release is positive and life changing.
Come quickly, Lord. Amen