Liminal Wonderings… by Jim England

Some not so random thoughts keep rolling around in my brain. One is a children’s song taught to me long ago. One line goes, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

I remember verses we memorized; verses that now feel like seeds bursting through the ground seeking light. “When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?… As you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:31ff)

I remember a scene from Matthew in which Jesus talks about true greatness and beckons a child to their midst. He said, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” (Matthew 18:5) The passage continues with a harsh word for anyone who causes a little one to “sin”. The passage does not mention what color the child was.

I know immigration is a complex issue. I believe solutions begin in simple compassion and a desire to love all. Living in fear does not help us. Thinking that begins in a theology of scarcity leads us astray. Let the solutions be based in truth and compassion.