Last weekend, I was invited to speak at a local church who has been a major supporter of our efforts with the Refugee Community.
The Gospel reading describes how Jesus responds to the riches and adornments of the temple. He tells his followers how there will come a time when “Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues..” Jesus then goes on to describe how people will be seized, imprisoned and put to death.
As I sat there, I couldn’t help thinking how Jesus’ words, might sound if I were a Refugee. Refugees are tortured, assaulted, trafficked. Their villages burned, running from pain with no health care or protection.
I believe Refugees have lived through the “End Times.” Yet, I find no bitterness. Instead, I find gratitude. No hatred lives there. Instead, I find courage.
I am in awe of their spirit.