With the flood of children from Central America crossing over our southern borders into uncertain futures, we can feel overwhelmed at the immensity of the crisis.
What can one person do?
These words from Thomas Keating in Invitation to Love are helpful to me. Perhaps to you too.
As they sense the enormity of the global problems of hunger, oppression, and peace, they ask the question, “What can I as a single individual do?”
Others may put the same basic question in this way: “How can I contribute to peace and justice when I myself am under the influence of my selfish desires for more pleasures and more security symbols, and the fear of losing control of my life situation?”
The same question might be put in a slightly different way. “Do I have to wait until I have been completely purified before I can begin to serve others or practice the corporal works of mercy?”
To this Jesus replies, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt. 25:35). In the light of these words, the exercise of compassion does not sound like a big deal. It could mean giving someone a cup of water, a smile, or showing concern to someone suffering a loss.
We do not have to wait until we can speak at the United Nations or go to Moscow for a summit conference. Somebody is in need right next door, in our family, at work, on the bus—everywhere we turn.
– Thomas Keating
Someone in need will cross our personal borders today. For most of us, it won’t likely be one of the migrating children.
But whoever God sends to us, may we notice and may we act in whatever way he equips us.
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Want to do more?
My nephew Colton works for Healing Hands International. He recommends the MA.G.I. project as one way to get needed supplies directly to the children who have crossed the border into Harlingen, Texas. They will partner with a local church and the Texas Border Patrol to distribute them.
- Do you see grace?
- “Follow the crowd” – Good or bad advice?