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Thought for the Week: Refugees

I used this poem ‘Refugees' in a sermon recently at Church

I was talking about how God turns our world upside down. Everything. Our thinking. And how we respond to problems. if only we’ll let him

This poem fitted perfectly The starkness and hopelessness of the first reading

And then you read it again. but this time upside down - from bottom to top …….

And you learn the world can be looked at another way


They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or me

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

Layabouts and loungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not okay to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)


Rev Phil Simpson, member of the Christian faith

Date: Monday 26th June 2023


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