Tiree For Refugees

On a day in which the wind was gusting to over 40mph a crowd gathered at Gott Bay in front of the Lodge Hotel to stand in solidarity with refugees. The organiser had this to say, “Our beaches are not that dissimilar to the beaches these refugees find themselves, except our children frolic and swim whilst theirs struggle and perish.” 
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After a brief reading from Psalm 146, which speaks of God’s compassion, particularly for the vulnerable in society, we were invited to place stones on a cairn. (A cairn is more appropriate than candles in our windy conditions.) Following a photo opportunity we set out on our walk along the beach.
Walking in Solidarity

In true Tiree style, there was music by 3 talented musicians, tea, coffee and a cake stall at the Lodge Hotel. The proceeds are going for the frontline crisis response MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) who are saving lives in the Mediterranean daily. Donations of clothes were also collected to join other donations from all over Scotland being sent to Calais.

He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
(From the Bible, Psalm 146)
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