Fleeing to the USA

Boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are deported back to Guatemala City, Guatemala, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in 2007
Boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are deported back to Guatemala City, Guatemala, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in 2007

Here’s why children make the dangerous journey from Honduras

2 street gangs divide up El Salvador’s capital, bringing chaos to all

As you can see above the plight of children fleeing to the USA is much on my mind. I talked about this in last Sunday’s sermon. Lynn Hunwick first brought this as a prayer concern several weeks ago; now information and commentary are flooding the media. I found the three reports that I’ve excerpted above very helpful. The articles at least help me to see why parents and children are taking the incredible risk to flee their own countries. Given this background material, I am inclined to side with those who are now labeling this as a refugee concern rather than an immigrant one. It is very difficult for me, as a follower of One who welcomed the children as full citizens of the reign of God, to advocate in good conscience for these to be returned to such horrifying conditions in their home countries. I know our government cannot solve all the world’s problems, but how can we say to desperate children and families, “No room. Go home.”? It’s not my image of a nation built on the backs of immigrants and refugees, nor of the eternally in-breaking reign of God.

We had a great time last Sunday at the church picnic. Thanks to Eleanor Satterlee, Lois Ville, Don and Doug Ha, Doug Davidson, Chip Clark, Melanie Ramirez and everyone else who helped to make it a grand occasion.

Sunday we will shift from what I originally had in mind. This is one of those weeks when the lectionary texts are all linked by their common concern for the Word. In this case, the focus is not on Jesus per se but on the various ways in which God tries to communicate truth and way to us as people who are committed to seek that truth and walk that way. This theme emerged from our Bible study on Tuesday. I am always grateful for the thoughtfulness and insight of those who gather at Janet Maxwell’s. If you’d like to join us, I’m sure we can make room. Let me know.

See you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship, Sunday School and for the patio hour to follow.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick

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