…a messenger from the Most High appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt,
and abide there until I tell you…” Matthew 2:13
If you had to, how far would you go to find safe haven for your family?
Ever-emerging, erupting, evolving;
explosive creativity from boundless devotion;
life is miracle in constant motion.
No calculus or static system
explains this transubstantiation;
energy and matter in infinite re-formation.
Day unto day pours forth speech, night unto night declares knowledge.
No speech, no words, no voice is heard;
yet their song resounds through all the earth,
their words to the edge of the world. Psalm 19:2-4
Blizzards of spiraling galaxies,
upheld in cosmic flow,
slow-dance to eternal rhythms that none can ever know.
Our swirling dust-mote planet,
in radiant eddy bright,
makes her endless circuit around a lonely light.
All on earth is mobile;
flowing river of relations;
as tides and seasons come then go without a destination.
See the Earth as a point compared with the vast circles it describes.
Stand amazed that this circle itself is only a tiny point in relation to the course traced by the stars revolving in the firmament; that the whole visible world is no more than an imperceptible speck in the ample bosom of nature. Blaise Pascal
Ponder mass migrations
that very few will see,
of wildebeest and caribou, butterfly and bee.
On grassy plain and foaming fathom,
clouded sky and forest floor,
living things on epic journeys stream and teem and ever soar.
Have you glimpsed those fast formations
riding high on tides of air,
undulating skeins of cranes that float from here to who knows where?
A blade of grass is commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars…
And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being? Carl Sagan
And then our own dear story
about a vagabond race,
compelled by such a sacred ache to find our one true place.
Empires forged now lie fragmented,
shards of shifting states, after waves of exploitation,
spoils of conquest, war and subjugation.
Who dares stem humanity’s migrant stream
or shut out the refugee in flight,
that hopes for hospitality; shelter from the storms of night?
you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land… Warsan Shire
No barbed-wire boundary,
line or law, can make us alienate
those who arrive, in Christ disguise, to stand before our gate.
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as a citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. Leviticus 19: 34
Now let the hinge of mercy creak,
and do your very best
to make a space at least for one, and pray for all the rest!
I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Matthew 25:35