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July 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey... September 2014

As the immigration debacle unfolds at our southwestern borders, we all have mixed emotions as American Christians. We understand that a society must have laws and must have ways to enforce them. Yet, in the midst of this scenario, we find ourselves faced with a sudden influx of numerous homeless persons of all ages from other nations, most notably thousands of children.

My heart has been so saddened to think of parents far away who somehow think they are doing the best for their children, whether very young or teens, by sending them alone on a treacherous and bewildering journey to our land, where they can’t even speak our language. My heart breaks to think there are parents who do not yet know, and who may never know, that their children have already died or suffered untold trauma on this strangely steady migration across many lands. I cannot begin to imagine the terror and loneliness in the hearts of these weary children. I cannot grasp how those who do work at our borders must have broken hearts as they try to deal with this phenomenon, which they never expected to face. The question you and I must try to answer as believers is, “What would Jesus do?

I have no magical answer in terms of all the ins and outs of the practical solutions to this unprecedented event, which continues to unfold daily in our nation. What I do know is that we must ask Jesus, “How do we love our neighbors as ourselves every day, Lord?” Perhaps we start with this from Matthew 25 (HCSB):

35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.'

37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You…?”

40 "And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'

Lord, give us Your wisdom and compassion. Show us, Lord, how to balance justice and love. Protect those children, Lord…the “least of these”…who are literally caught in the middle between the evil or greed of some and the despair of others. Help us know how to love children and others who are always here…always in need…right in our own neighborhoods. Perhaps You are opening our eyes to needs we often ignore at home every day…

Marsha Cook

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