The scripture, Matthew 2: 13-23 reminds us that the baby Jesus and his family were refugees, fleeing violence and persecution in their Middle East home. We cannot help but think of the refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their Middle East homes now. We cannot help but think of the refugees fleeing Syria in our time.
We think it's important as Christians to ask: "How can this year become a year of moving ourselves and the world a little closer to God's vision? What can we undertake this year to move the world closer to the reality of God's new heaven and new earth?"
Here are a few ways you can help refugee families from right here in Ann Arbor:
1. Call your local representatives (like Governor Rick Snyder 517-335-7858) and say something like, "I am from [CITY], and I urge you to welcome refugees and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy.
My Christian faith guides me in wanting to extend hospitality and offer a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
My community welcomes refugees and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States, including the resettlement of Muslim refugees and other refugees from the Middle East, especially those fleeing the Syrian Civil War.”
2. Support local agencies who work with refugee families resettling in Michigan. (One such agency is Jewish Family Services in Ann Arbor, but there are over ten others in Michigan.)
3. Pray for and share the stories of refugees, both past and recent.
"Lord God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. Amen"