The Refugee Life

In a week where the news has enough impact to break even the most steely heart – mine is certainly not exempt. As I have never been accused of owning a very “steely” heart anyway.

Paris. Oh Paris. What more can be said? We know the pain. That loss.
When the world turns upside down and you lose..
..loved ones

You lose the belief that it wouldn’t happen in your..

The world sees you and grieves with you.

For some in our world – millions actually – imagine taking that terror, applying it your every day, and having the brutality index set to the highest level.

Do that and you have the life that multitudes of refugees are running from.

Yes, forcing myself again back to the news and turning my aching heart to the plight of of the terrorized, displaced souls. The world’s refugees.

To those who are running, walking, boating and fleeing to find a place of..

I read article after article. I see the pictures, watch the news coverage. I ache deeply inside for the refugees of Syria and the sorrow over their plight. 

Not just sorrow from seeing image after image of bodies washing up on shores, of the desperate souls who grabbed for safety, but also over the images of the fleeing. Parents clutching desperately to their children and to the hope of reaching the shores of safety.


Dear Lord, how long? How many children slipping into the sea and into eternity? How long before you come and serve justice? How long before you correct those who believe themselves to be gods on earth – as they control, destroy, beat, rape and kill?

Why have You turned from this world?

Don’t you understand?

And then I remembered: there is nothing God does not understand to the fullest extent. In sending Jesus as both fully God and fully man, He ensured we would not find a trial or an emotion here on earth that He had not fully endured in the flesh.

Killings, manhunts, life on the run, the refugee life? These events marked the very beginning days of the life of Jesus.

As I thought about that I read again the story of an angel appearing to Joseph and Mary and warning them to flee–to run for safety from Herod in Egypt. 

And in faith, they ran.

Of course He is seeing this! Not just seeing the pain of those who are broken over the loss of loved ones or grieving the loss of their homeland, but He knows their pain. He knows their pain better than many of us ever will.

The elements of pain, death, loss, and running for freedom, are as deeply woven into the fabric of the life of Jesus as hope, redemption, and triumph.

As Jesus followers, our job here is clearly defined: show the world we care about what God cares about. That we will step up and help where we can, give where we can and assist when possible.

But more importantly we can offer hope.

 To remind others they can trust – not in a pompous, aloof and uncaring God but in a God who is so in love with mankind that He became human. He himself became a refugee – so that in such a time as this, we can say with full confidence “I have a God who understands”

We can tell those who have lost a loved one at the unjust hands of wrongful men, “I have a God who understands; His own son suffered death at the hands of unjust men”.

We can find hope in, and assure others with full confidence that justice will come. That He sees. That He will not stand silent for long.

In the words of biblical scholar Matthew Henry “.. whatever crafty, cruel devices are in men’s hearts, the counsel of the Lord shall stand”

Praying for Justice and Authentically Yours,

(I encourage you to read the paragraph pasted below, the full commentary by Matthew Henry on Jesus’ flight to Egypt)

Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Matthew Chapter 2
“2:13-15 Egypt had been a house of bondage to Israel, and particularly cruel to the infants of Israel; yet it is to be a place of refuge to the holy Child Jesus. God, when he pleases, can make the worst of places serve the best of purposes. This was a trial of the faith of Joseph and Mary. But their faith, being tried, was found firm. If we and our infants are at any time in trouble, let us remember the straits in which Christ was when an infant. 16-18 Herod killed all the male children, not only in Bethlehem, but in all the villages of that city. Unbridled wrath, armed with an unlawful power, often carries men to absurd cruelties. It was no unrighteous thing with God to permit this; every life is forfeited to his justice as soon as it begins. The diseases and deaths of little children are proofs of original sin. But the murder of these infants was their martyrdom. How early did persecution against Christ and his kingdom begin! Herod now thought that he had baffled the Old Testament prophecies, and the efforts of the wise men in finding Christ; but whatever crafty, cruel devices are in men’s hearts, the counsel of the Lord shall stand.”

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