God’s Plan; My Plan

In 1939, Captain Gustof Schroder loaded 937 Jewish refugees onto the SS St Louis and brought them to the New World.  Cuba, the U.S. and Canada all refused to let them land and turned them back to Europe.  Once there the refugees were placed in concentration camps where 1/4 of then died before the end of the war.  I was a teenager when I first heart this story,  I didn’t believe it.  No way, I thought, would my great country, the United States of America, allow this to happen! No way!  We were the land of the free and the home of the brave!  Inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.  I lit my light beside the golden door.”

And here we are again, a new humanitarian crises sparking political debate on what to do with these people fleeing for their lives.  And again, I don’t believe what I am seeing on the evening news.   Jesus said, “Let the little ones come, and forbid them not…”  Am I taking His words too literally?  Am I sounding like a raving liberal?  Before Jesus fed the 5,000, scripture says, He felt compassion for the hungry people.  Loosely translated, the word compassion means feeling pity for them deep within ones innards.  Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian–all the labels we stick on people must drop away when it comes to  the choice of following Jesus and being like Him, or not.   He wore no label.  I refuse to wear a label either.

As I fell asleep last night,  wild and crazy thought struck me.  What if the supposed drug cartels didn’t send them as a decoy as some politicians claim?  What if, since we as Christians haven’t reached out to these children to teach them of God and His love, God is bringing these children to us, a second chance so to speak.   Just a thought.

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2 Responses to God’s Plan; My Plan

  1. betty patten says:

    following the words What Would Jesus Do could change a persons life forever.

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