27th January 1945 was the day Allied Forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Each year we mark this date in memory of those who died in The Holocaust and in the genocides which have happened since.
Below are a set of resources which support this:
Irena Sendler - a remarkable story (3:30) - including a prayer
What is Holocaust Memorial Day (1:27) - a video charting HMD and genocides since The Holocaust.
An animated video of Anne Frank (3:03) - the author of a famous diary.
A multi-faith prayer (1:30) - written collaboratively by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and the Chief Iman,
Jacob's story (2:43) - a survivor's recollections
Nazi Boots (5:41) - a survivor's story
A one-minute prayer for HMD (1:00)
This is a great video (2:15) which gives a motivational overview of cancer. It was produced for World Cancer Day 2019 but remains relevant!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY (CLICK HERE for a 45 second video of this prayer)
Loving God, we ask you to bless all whose lives are affected by cancer.
Empower them with hope and give them opportunities
for love and laughter each and every day.
Give strength to their family and friends who are supporting and caring for them
and help their medical professionals to use all their experience, wisdom and compassion.
We ask this in your holy name! AMEN
Today is the International Day for Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FGM is the partial or total removal of female genitalia or other injury to the female genitalia for non medical reasons.
In Africa alone, 100-140 million girls have undergone FGM within the 28 countries that practice FGM and about 3 million are at risk of undergoing the cut each year.
Here's a 57 second video just to get us thinking about this issue.
CLICK HERE for a video (5:32) of a UNICEF project relating to this.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
we hold before you all who are living with the consequences of FGM.
We pray for those working to dispel ignorance about this issue and that the truth be known.
We pray especially for community leaders -
that they take the side of young girls facing the prospect of FGM
and that they will lead their communities to greater understanding
so that this practice might be eradicated.
We pray this in your Holy Name. AMEN
A Prayer for Today (available here as a 1:00 video)
Loving God, we thank you for the discoveries already made by women in science
which have contributed so much to our understanding of the universe.
We give thanks for these inspirational women who were strong enough
to break through the barriers placed in front of them
by society's expectations at the time.
Help us to break through any barriers which might prevent us
from being the best we can be.
We ask this in your Holy Name. AMEN