“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,

“no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.”

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.”

Psalms 91:9, 11 NLT


In the early 90’s there was a famous hiphop group called the “The Fugees” consisting of Wyclef, Pras, and Lauryn Hill. The two young men were refugees from Haiti. They came to America with their family and found refuge in the land of the free.

We were once a country where people felt safe to come and find refuge. Now, so many people, mostly Haitians, are fleeing America for Canada because they feel threatened by the current administration in the White House.

What happened to the country that said, “Give me your poor and your huddled masses?” Where can people escaping war and death run to?

  1. Our God is a refuge! Christians, Muslims, and Jews all over Memphis went to schools to provide refuge for Latino families who are afraid to register their children for school because ICE has been randomly arresting non-criminal, working poor Latino immigrants. We showed up to provide human tunnels of love for them to register their children hassle-free.
  2. When we make God our refuge no evil will come near us. As Christians we are extensions of God. Our churches should be safe houses where persecuted people can find refuge. 
  3. God will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Yes, there’s an order to arrest those undocumented workers, but God has a higher order for his angels to watch over the “least of these.”  God has his angels watching over the poor and he will deal with those whose hearts were ice cold toward his refugees. 

Dear God,

You reminded us in your word to provide refuge for foreigners in Leviticus 19:4, “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” God we have become an unsafe country out of fear and racism. Heal our land and the hearts of our leaders. There are innocent immigrants living in fear because of our xenophobic leaders unjustly targeting hardworking poor people who’s only crime is wanting better for their families. Father, help us to be brave and hospitable as we attempt to provide refuge for those who don’t have it. God be our refuge today and our shelter from the time of storm.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

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