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Remembering we’re not alone as cost of living increase hits

A prayer activity to lift up ourselves, our community and global neighbours as the cost of living increases hit home.

Rachael Adams | 07 Oct 2022

Two people sitting and talking outside of a doorway

In Angola, Joana (on the right) visits Conceição at her home. Through the church, Conceição has come to mentor Joana, resulting in Joana also attending church and finding community | Image credit: Tom Price-Ecce Opus/Tearfund

Around the world, times are tough as the cost of living increases hit home. Many of us feel anxious over our financial situation, or fearful for those who already have little. At times like this, it can be helpful to remember we’re not alone and through prayer and action, we can reach out and support others.

Poverty and mental health struggles are part of a vicious cycle. The stresses associated with the lack of food and shelter, vulnerability to disasters and limited access to health, education and other vital services all increase the risk of developing mental health problems.

It is why all of the work Tearfund does involves a holistic approach – caring for people’s practical and emotional needs. Both are required if we want to help people lift themselves out of poverty – anything less is just a sticking-plaster solution.

Our work through the church helps us to accomplish this. Through running community groups, churches can often reach people who have been excluded and marginalised because of poverty and stigma. It is through finding community that people can find solidarity, friendship and support to help them overcome their problems.

A group of people, including wheelchair users, in a circle

'Let's lift each other up' is a self-help group run through a local church partner in Rwanda. The group is made up of 20 people living with disabilities, who meet to pray and read the Bible together, as well as knit and make handicrafts to earn an income | Image credit: Tumuheirwe Jesus/Tearfund

Pray with us

Reciting a prayer from a saint can help in times of anxiety; it can help articulate what we’re feeling to God. Many of these prayers have been called on thousands of times throughout history, by people around the world, and so there is a sense of unity and connection that comes from praying these words.

Recite the following prayer by Saint Ignatius of Loyola three times. First for yourself, second for your community and third for a place around the world experiencing poverty or that has been struck recently by a disaster.

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of your presence,
your love, and your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to you,
we shall see your hand,
your purpose, your will through all things.
Amen.

  Rachael Adams


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