Karen Booker: September 2015
Like so many, I have watched on TV and read reports in our newspaper about refugees attempting to leave their war-torn homelands and reach Europe for safety, education and the future of their children.
I have asked myself why they have not headed for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates instead of Germany and Greece, but I have also asked myself, if Britain were ever undergoing civil war or terrorist extremism, which country would I look to for refuge? We would probably consider Germany, or, if necessarily further away: New Zealand.
I know personally only one who has ever been a refugee: Bob Weighton. He and his family had to leave Formosa when Japan entered World War 2, and being unable to reach Britain, had to dock in Canada, dependent initially on the kindness of those they did not know, for a temporary home.
Would I offer my home to a refugee? Well, we do have a spare room, but I would prefer a non-smoker, a couple with no young children, a professional who intends to study and/or find work.......
Yet, if I claim to follow the example of Jesus, my response just has to be "Yes", no "but", with the only criterion for selection being: this human being is in need.
Being a Christian may challenge my inclinations, but it clarifies what has to be my response!
May God also give me the grace to follow His will with a light heart.
Karen L Booker (Pastoral Assistant @ AMC)
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