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Mother of Exiles: A Picture of Mercy March 2, 2012

Filed under: Hospitality,Uncategorized — Acts of Love and Good Works @ 12:16 am

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“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!”

“The New Colossus” By Emily Lazzarus

Lent Day 9

This is the inscription found at the base of the State of Liberty. To me, it is a powerful picture of Mercy.  Immigration is a complicated issue and I have no intention of engaging in any political rhetoric or debate here;  I am simply moved at the sentiment conveyed in this poem and image. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of welcoming, particularly to those who are suffering and lost.  I am a volunteer and advocate for the refugee community here in New Hampshire. I work with families who have come to the United States, not because they wanted to, but because in their own country they are subject to oppression and persecution of the worst kind. When so much is made, in the media and the political scene, about illegal  immigration, it is easy to forget that our country does still welcome the ‘huddled masses’ who ‘yearn to breath free’. I pray that our country continues to offer a beacon of hope for the hopeless. I pray that we would welcome our newest neighbors without fear and prejudice or judgement. I think spending some time reflecting on the above picture and poem is a good reminder for all Americans about the mercy inherent in our countries founding principles and values.

For tomorrow:

Mercy Given and Mercy Received


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