7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Deuteronomy 15-7-8
Last month I spent the weekend volunteering with a national organization and on my return trip home, as I was making my way to the train station, a tall lean figure caught my eye.
It was 6:00 a.m. in the morning and it was dark and chilly walking down the street in Philly. When there stood in a darken store doorway a lone thin stranger moving about.
I had no way of knowing the intention of this stranger.
As I pulled my small luggage down the street, the figure moved from the doorway and began to follow me. I was determined not to be fearful and kept my thoughts on getting home safely.
Within a few minutes, I arrived at a corner coffee shop that had just opened. I decided to go inside, sit and wait for a few minutes until the stranger perhaps had left. I also was feeling fatigue and out of breath (unknowingly the signs of viral pneumonia).
As soon as I emerged from the coffee shop, the lean stranger was waiting outside the door.
“Do you have any change? ”
The voice was soft and timid.
I realized that I didn’t have any change. So, I shook my head, no.
That brief encounter a few weeks ago with that stranger continues to weigh on my mind.
Why you may ask?
Because that stranger was a homeless young lady, no older than nineteen or twenty.
When I viewed the video above on the Syrian family now resettled here in America and listened and read the quote from the Syrian father concerning the well-being of their children future, I found myself having mixed emotions.
“The future is not for us.
The future is for our children.”
Yes, the Syrian war has become the world’s nightmare and because of America’s mishandling of yet another middle-eastern conflict, the world is paying for poor decisions by the Bush and Obama administrations and military leadership.
What is more troubling to me is that we are about to accept 10,000 additional Syrian refugees into this country and yet, we have American citizens who have been in a war that can be best coined as capitalist terrorism.
It has been overwhelming to think that over the past fifteen years the poor and middle class is on a continual downslope and with this comes continual job outsourcing, unaffordable mortgage down payments, high interest student loans, dismal employment opportunities and still the Obama Administration and Congress has allowed Wall Street and the so-called “too Big to fail Banks” to ride shotgun over America.
Here is my biggest concern now that resettlement of Syrian refugees is already a done deal.
Has anyone given a thought about the homeless children and teens in America who themselves may not have a future to depend on?
Or the American families who paid and bought into the American dream that no longer exists.
When we speak about investing in America, just what America are we thinking and talking about?
Let’s be honest about our situation here in America.
We must indeed reach out to help Syrian refugees.
But we must also remember that…
America’s own refugees have been in the shadows too long.
Yes! American refugees…we have them here at home.
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