Can you imagine a life without freedom? A life where your main dream in life is to come to America for the chance to have a life where you are not someone’s property or where you don’t awake to the sound of civil war?
Can I really, truly connect with what that must feel like? No. But I can ask this question of the people of St Cloud, MN who have racist things to say about the growing Somalian population: what if it was you? Have you thought about your daughters and wives and mothers being raped as weapons of warfare? Have you thought of living in a refugee camp for years with no home to call your own?
I’ve thought about it. I’ve felt a tightening in my chest about it.
How do I respond? I smile at the Somalian man in the gas station with me. I hold the door open for a Somalian woman and her kiddos coming into the doctor’s office. Simple, yes….but, when the mom looked up at me and smiled with light in her eyes, I knew it wasn’t so simple after all.
Here’s a beautiful way folks are responding to child refugees coming to our country: http://www.groundswell-mvmt.org/faithshare/people-are-writing-letters-to-the-migrant-children-and-they-are-beautiful/
What are you doing? How are you showing your heart to those who need love and acceptance today?