Lest We Forget-Monthly Reminder #4

Alan Kurdi, September 2015

          This is a picture we are likely never to forget.  Alan Kurdi’s family was fleeing from the chaos and fighting in Syria.  They tried to reach one of the Greek islands in a small rubber inflatable boat designed to hold eight people.  But, tragically, there were sixteen people in that small boat, and it capsized shortly after leaving Turkey.  Alan’s three-year old body was later found washed up on the shore.  The bodies of his brother and his mother were also found washed up on the shore.

          There is understandably much debate and disagreement about how best to respond to the vastness of the needs of the refugees fleeing from so many ravaged places in our world today.  But perhaps we can all agree to remember these people as we go about our daily lives. 

          Remember them and offer daily prayers for them.

          Remember them and pray, too, that our government will be wise and compassionate in deciding how best to respond to this global crisis. 

          Remember them and contribute to an organization that is working to help refugees.  Here are a couple of suggestions if you would like to make a donation:

               Church World Service     cwsglobal.org/our-work/refugees-and-immigrants/

               International Rescue Committee     https://www.rescue.org/

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Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.”  Luke 9:48

4 thoughts on “Lest We Forget-Monthly Reminder #4

  1. This photo was on the front of the Washington Post on September 3, 2015. I know this because I cut it out and placed it on a small altar here in my home. Seeing this image in the same post as Luke 8:48 was gut-punching. No one welcomed this child. Thank you for reminding us of Alan as well as for reminding us to pray and support organizations who can welcome children like Alan.

  2. I am so comforted to learn that Alan sits on the small altar in your home. I hope many others will hold him, and so many others like him, on the altars of their hearts. We must never forget!

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