Celebrating Freedom, Celebrating Refuge

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

It's been 238 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed. Over the decades and centuries, America has often been a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution. And it still is. We welcome in more refugees each year than any other country in the world.

As I celebrate 4th of July today, I'm thankful to live in a country that - while certainly not perfect - is a lighthouse of hope for many around the world. And I'm also challenged to advocate for that gift of freedom and opportunity for others. Let's be a voice against child slavery, human trafficking and unjust governments. And in our own country, let's work for justice for those that don't have a voice or an advocate. God has given us a gift. Don't waste it.

"The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor." (Proverbs 29:7)