What is it like to live amid uncertainty and fear for your family? I wouldn’t know. I learned something about this kind of fear from friends who left Sudan, becoming refugees to the United States, with the assistance of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Flora and David brought four children to the U.S. Later, I learned there was another child still in Sudan. She had been out in the countryside visiting her aunt when her parents and siblings in the city learned that anti-Christian forces were on their way to arrest them. They fled in the middle of the night. There was no time to get their daughter.
All of us, including all these folks, are deeply loved and claimed by God. God has no favorites. The call to love our neighbors as we love ourselves reverberates deeply within us. We can support our sisters and brothers when they flee from violence and poverty.
This message is excerpted from “Where are you?” By Sue Gamelin in the March/April 2013 Gather magazine. Today we commemorate Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, martyr, 1980.
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