The Bible is full of immigrants. From Eve and Adam journeying away from the Garden of Eden to Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar traveling to and from Egypt and throughout Mesopotamia on a promise from God, down to Jesus’ descendant of a wandering Aramean and a wanderer himself.
Nowadays in this global world, it is easy for those of us from the United States with enough money to journey to other countries, to cross borders. Many of us do it for vacation or for business. Some of the most vulnerable must cross borders for survival, freedom, and hope. As followers of Christ, we are called to journey together–strangers together in a strange land. We journey together and are freed in Christ. In our journey together, we come to know each other and strangers become neighbors. We begin to see each other as beloved children of God.
This message is an excerpt from “Immigration and home” by Emily Ewing, in the October 2013 issue of Cafe. Today we remember Lawrence, deacon, martyr, who died in 258.
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