Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Open Letter to the United States at Christmas

Syrian refugee breaks out in tears of joy arriving in Greece
photo by Oguzhou Ali / flickr

"To an open house in the evening
Home shall all come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome;
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all people are at home."

--G.K. Chesterton

"In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own town to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. Hyde went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." Luke 2. 1-7

(You might want to read Roger Cohen's splendid article in the New York Times on what Germany is doing to receive refugees from Syria.)

--Roger Lovette /

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