Friday, May 15, 2009

We are blessed; pray for the Haitian refugees

Photo used under Creative Commons from BL 1961

"Oh beautiful, for spacious skies..." We are blessed to live in a naturally beautiful country and one that has freedom and opportunities that others do not. Several hours ago, the U.S. Coast Guard called off a search for survivors from a capsized boat off the coast of Florida. The boat was carrying refugees and immigrants from Haiti. According to an article from the Associated Press, "At least nine people died, including a 1-year-old girl, and 16 others were rescued about 15 miles off the coast of southern Florida when the boat was spotted early Wednesday."

We may disagree about how to politically solve this nation's immigration issues. But we can agree on this, there are people who risk their lives crossing deserts, oceans, and mountain ranges to come to the United States. That should give us pause to thank the Lord for being blessed to live in this country and to pray for the families and victims of this tragedy.

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