January 24, 2014 by eneubauer
As I awoke this morning at 4:15, I decided to take advantage of the silence within my normally rambunctious home to begin my morning devotional using the Liturgy of the Hours. With four kids, two under two, silence is an unusual setting. I had to take advantage.
The Office of Readings OT offering took me through the book of Deuteronomy 10:12 – 11:6, 26-28. There, three things jumped off the digital page that made me think about our general approach to immigration reform in the United States.
“These are the words that Moses spoke beyond Jordan to the whole of Israel:”
“‘Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you? Only this: to fear the Lord your God, to follow all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and laws of the Lord that for your good I lay down for you today…’”
“‘It is he who sees justice done for the orphan and the widow, who loves the stranger and gives him food and clothing. Love the stranger then, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt…’”
- God asks His children to follow Him in His ways.
- God specifically takes interest in the orphan, widow & stranger (immigrant).
- God asks His children to take special concern for the stranger – remembering that we were all strangers somewhere along the way (Love God + Neighbor).
It’s time that we take a step away from the political infighting and simply do what is right. Fix what is broken and create a immigration system that is welcoming and designed to meet the immigration needs of the 21st Century.
Think, Pray, Act.