Today is Saturday. Today, I just observed people and I noticed something. If one is motivated by fear, then one may act out in anger or remain silent and passive. I am not a fan of Facebook just for those reasons. I don’t want to see some people ranting and spewing hatred because they are afraid.
I was confused today. Confused because and executive order came down to ban refugees and immigrants from a number of countries but the 9/11 terrorists, 15 out of the 19, came from a country the US gov’t sells arms to which produces terrorists, funds terrorists and practices crucifixion and beheadings. The other 4 terrorists came from Egypt, Kuwait and Lebanon. Do you see my confusion? How are we being “protected?”
Today, I was encouraged because I saw a large number of people who have flooded airports and cities to proclaim that they are not afraid.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus (November 2, 1883)
I think about refugees drowning and children’s bodies washing up on the shore. Maybe we can’t physically help those people; but, we surely can help the people in our sphere of influence. We can be the life preserver for those who have lost their self esteem, those who have lost hope, those who have lost all their possessions, those who are alone, those who are different and feel like they don’t quite fit in.
Let’s not give into fear. It keeps us from living, from loving, from making a difference in this world.
Matt was threatened once by a man with mental illness. The man wanted to stab him in the throat with a pencil. Matt was in a large cell with this man and had no where to go nor was a guard going to come to his aid. Matt talked calmly and gently to the man. The man happened to see a copy of the Newsweek article by Bethany Horne regarding my son’s torture ordeal.
This man began to cry to my son’s surprise and asked Matt to forgive him. He then became a loyal supporter and body guard to Matt. My son said he was not afraid to die. After all, he had been tortured and honestly and sincerely believed his life was over. He said he will always give others a chance because his life is not the only precious life.
Humanity is not a commodity. Life is precious. God help us all to be brave, compassionate and merciful.
peace my friends….:)