Strangers.

Today, I am struck by how KIND and GENEROUS and BIG and TRUSTWORTHY God is.

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The Husband & I. Has nothing to do with anything.
I just like this picture!

The church where the family & I attend and the Pastor Hubs  & I work started a new teaching series today, called “Welcoming the Stranger”.  It’s about Immigration.  Mostly.

Before you get all scared about it being political (like I might have done for 5 minutes), start yammering on about “the separation of Church & State” (like I maybe did for 10 minutes) and, well….you know the drill Fear takes us through.  Trust me.  It’s an important topic for people who love God & follow Jesus to talk about.  Some have even said this Immigration issue will be THE compassion/justice issue of our lifetime.

I don’t know about all that.

All I know is that today, I gathered with my church family & we sang & prayed & celebrated & learned about what God has to say about the Immigrant.  About the traveler.  About the foreigner.  The alien.  The Stranger among us.  And if you’re not aware — God has a lot to say about it.

Some of His favorites were Refugees.  Aliens.  Immigrants.

Like, Abraham.  Moses.  Ruth.  David.  And, oh yeah…

Jesus.

Really, God has a lot to say about it.

You should read His book.

But before you do that — I’d ask you to watch a story.  It will help you understand, as it did me — that God’s always got a plan.  And that plan transcends homelands and documentation and language and the world’s version of right & wrong.  As my Pastor (not the hubs one, just the Sr. one) said today, “Is the issue of illegal immigration an important one?  Absolutely.  Do we need to recognize that there are laws that need to be followed?  To be sure.  Don’t our borders need to be secured?  No doubt.”

To which I add a hearty, Amen.

But no matter where you stand on the Politics of the thing – here’s the deal…

Don’t ignore the humanity of the “thing”.

So, check out the story of Alexandar Najarian.  Also known as Dad to my MIL & Pappa to the Pastor Hubs. 

I bet you’ll see what I saw…

Extending a welcome, to a person who isn’t anything like you, who doesn’t speak your language, has radically different customs as yours, and might not yet know your God…

could change the trajectory of a whole family’s life.

It did mine.

I bet it did yours too.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.    Hebrews.

 

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