Lent Devotion, March 22, 2017

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In response to her pastor’s words about God’s command to love the alien, Jensi said:

“When I think of the Israelites fleeing the terror of Egypt, I think of so many today who escape the terror in their own lands. My heart goes out to them. And my spiritual DNA reminds me that we, too, have been where they are. Personally, I’ve never had to flee. I’m blessed with a safe life, and it would be easy for me to say, ‘Not my problem. Let them take care of themselves.’ But human compassion tells me otherwise. And our Biblical connection to the enslaved Israelites tells me otherwise, too.”

Ron said, “I was recently talking with a Buddhist friend. She shared with me that as a Buddhist, she feels a deep kinship with refugees, for her faith community knows what it like to flee for your life. Buddhists have suffered greatly because of the Chinese oppression of Tibet. In fact, in 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to flee from that country. He knows the suffering of oppression first hand. And he has become a great spokesman for compassion between all religions and nations.”

Father in heaven, thank you for the safety and the security in which we live. Make us aware of those who suffer. Amen.

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