One of my friends called me out the other day. I had posted a video on Facebook about a young woman named Gabriela Andreevska who is helping to feed and direct refugees in Macedonia. “I thought you don’t watch the news,” she commented. It’s true. I stopped that practice over ten years ago because none of us need that horror and negativity taking up space in our brain.
I don’t watch the news, but that doesn’t mean that I am ignorant to what is taking place in the world. I consider myself hyper-particular when vetting my sources of information. Someone I trust posted this video, so I knew I should give it a look.
I don’t talk about politics in my posts. To me, politics are values with money attached. As a minister though, it is my responsibility to look closely at things that disturb our values. Immigration is one of those things, so while I would love to change the subject as much as the next person, my heart will not allow it.
In the case of the video, the immigrants were refugees, seeking shelter from war-torn Syria. Their homes have been bombed beyond repair and they are risking their lives whether they stay or leave, but at least there is hope attached to their exit. Watching the video, I couldn’t help but wonder how I could help to feed and shelter the hundreds of thousands of people who are now homeless.
Then I had a revelation. A few weeks back I was stopped at a traffic light when a man approached my window with a cardboard sign that said, “Please help. Hungry.” I scrounged through my purse, as cash is not something I usually carry and miraculously pulled out a five dollar bill. I told him to take care, feeling badly that I didn’t have more. He said, “God bless you. I knew you were an angel.”
I’ve worked with angels, so I know an angel I’m not, but in that moment, I recognized my true capacity. We all have the ability to profoundly affect someone’s life in this moment. I may not be able to take care of refugees in Macedonia, but for that, there are Earth angels like Gabriela Andreevska. I can love the people in my sphere of influence. I CAN feed one person at a stop light or a whole slew of them at my local shelter. I dream of making money from my book so I can give a lot away, but until that happens, I could pass out water bottles to thirsty people on the streets of Allentown, PA. What could you do? Let me know in the comments below and maybe we can inspire a flood of mercy on the world!
May it be so!
Blessings and love,