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Yesterday I waxed about my favorite decade, which included a love of 90s music (ALL 90s music) and those ten years when I moved from middle school through college graduation. Today I’m getting serious, though. And in light of my favorite decade, I want to imagine and encourage you to imagine with me what those ten years would be like as a refugee.
Music would be the least of your worries if you don’t have food. A home. Safety. Warmth. You have nowhere to go and nowhere to call home. I know that my life, my story, would be TOTALLY different without my basic needs being met on a daily basis. We didn’t always have things easy (there were some LEAN years during that time for my family), but we had a home. Even if we had lost our home, we had family to support us. We would have had somewhere to GO.
Have you seen the photos of the families? The children? The lost and wandering and desperate. Watch this powerful video.
It can seem so far away and so insurmountable to make a difference. I want to encourage you to see those refugees and to realize that you CAN make a difference. Even a small one. If we ALL made a small difference, how large our combined efforts would be! (Read this to know why I wouldn’t give to the Red Cross.)
Helping can be uncomfortable. It can cost something of us. But looking into those desperate photos and thinking about your life and your children, think what little comforts and costs you might give up for the sake of another life or lives.
Here are a few things to think about: