One of my sons oversees the Youth Program in our area for the refugees the U.S. takes in from war-torn/repressive government-run countries. These children are not orphaned but they have often witnessed terrible killings and lived in fear the years preceding their escape like so many of the children in the above video. Yesterday he was showing us pictures of the sand trays used to help the younger children express their trauma--the little objects buried in the sand to represent the dead bodies they'd seen. These children are from places like Iraq and Eritrea. We went on to discuss the furor over immigrants in this country--illegal as well as legal. It seems so many in this country want to shut our borders to everyone. We have a candidate for public office in our town who is a second-generation Filipino who wants to "strengthen our borders"....now that his family is "in". I just can't understand this thinking! If you are not native American Indian you are from immigrant stock. This is what this country was built on--the various cultures, religions, races--the diversity that has been integral to what the United States of America is all about--freedom from oppression and the pursuit of happiness. Now that we are in, do we want to deny this inalienable right to our fellow mankind? Yes, it may require us to make some sacrifices to fit in more people--but isn't that what America all about--ingenuity? Can't we figure out a way to work it all out?
Jesus entreats us to care for our neighbor. Who is our neighbor? Anyone in need. He said:
Father, as I make You my vision I know I shall be able to stand before You one day and hear the longing in my heart, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Link to: "Be Thou My Vision"
Link to scripture: http://bible.cc/matthew/25-21.htm
Take action: http://www.rescue.org/protectrefugees