So Thankful

As I put up the Christmas tree, decorated the house and wrapped a few gifts, I couldn’t help but be thankful for the life I live.

On the news today, they showed pictures of Syria before and after. Before: the gorgeous architecture, rich history and hospitable people. After: violence and bloodshed, destruction and death.

Canada’s decision to accept Syrian refugees is not without controversy. Yet I remember the images of thousands of refugees leaving their homes and their country, seeking safety. I remember the images of homes destroyed, streets in rubble. I remember the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his lifeless body washed ashore.

I simply cannot imagine the experiences or emotions the Syrians are facing. The Syrian people are not the perpetrators of war, they are the victims of circumstance. I will do my part to welcome them, however small. As I look at my Christmas tree and the presents beneath, I know it’s the least I can do.

Visit Welcoming Syrian Refugees if you want to join my efforts.

One thought on So Thankful

  1. Your piece about the plight of the Syrian refuges reminds me of the essence of Christianity: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This wisdom makes the issue clearer for me.

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