Families and Children of the Syrian Refugee Crisis:
If you watch world news or even hear soundbites from the world news then you almost certainly have heard about the Syrian refugee crisis. Syria is in an incredible state of civil war and unrest. The result of this unrest has resulted in more than 19.5 million to flee their homes. Of this number over 50% (9.75 million) are believed to be children.
As a father, I cannot imagine the feeling of knowing that Collin and Levi were not safe. That they might not have food to eat for the day or a place to sleep. That a bomb or gunfire threatened their safety. As unimaginable as this is to me, this is a reality that millions of parents are dealing with at this very second.
Below are photographs courtesy of Swedish photographer Magnus Wenman. Today, I am going to be praying for these families and these children. I am praying that God himself would intervene and bring peace to their situation and to their land. Today, I will hold my sons tighter and thank God in heaven that he allows me the opportunity to live in country that, while imperfect, has given me the opportunity to have safety, freedom of worship, and blessings beyond that most of the world could ever imagine.
Would you join me in praying for these children today?
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.