Aylan Kurdi

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Aylan Kurdi.

This one beautiful name brings me to my knees weeping.

And that there are thousands upon thousands of other names of beautiful and beloved children (whether Syrian, Palestinian, South Sudanese, Libyan, Honduran, Guatemalan, Rohingyan…) we don’t know, who are dying because they are desperately fleeing war, poverty, and violence and yet nobody is taking them in…

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were refugees.

Abraham and Sarah were refugees.

Jacob, Ruth, Esther, David, Naomi, Jeremiah… were refugees.

Moses and the Israelites were refugees.

I am reminded of our commands from God:

“You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 22:21

“When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were once aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” – Lev. 19:33-34

God, have mercy on us, for we have sinned!

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