So many people are seeking refuge in these days. I cannot help but think of the plight of the refugees seeking protection. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. It is difficult to even imagine ourselves in the same circumstance, fleeing from our homes, leaving everything behind.
It is incumbent upon us to remember their plight and to pray for them. For families, for little children, this tragic loss is not about politics. It is about finding “home” again. It’s about finding refuge and protection. It’s about placing fear in the hand of a loving God. When I remember all the people looking for a place to call home this season, I remember the comforting words of the 91st Psalm.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
– Psalm 91:4-6 NIV
May God’s grace prevail in the lives of those who have such great need. Amen.