Posted by on 25 December 2015 | 1834 Comments

Tags: ,

So this is Christmas.  Once again the day has come when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Immanuel.  Our God is with us.

For me, this year I have been surprised by God.  I have found myself drawn like never before to the end of the narrative:  Joseph is warned by an angel to flee Bethlehem and embarks on a journey which will take he and Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt where they will carve out life in an unfamiliar, foreign land until the death of King Herod gives them opportunity to return safely to their home.

It’s the part of the story that never gets told in our Children’s Christmas concerts.  Too violent.  Too dangerous.  Even somewhat unfathomable to our civilized twenty-first century sensibilities.

Except….

This Christmas, some four and a half million refugees find themselves fleeing their homeland of Syria.  Four and a half million.  The number is staggering.  It is beyond our ability to even comprehend the enormity of what is taking place today - right now - in our world.

So let’s break it down to something manageable.  Today - Christmas Day - there is a father who finds himself somewhere between the only country he has ever lived in and a continent some hundred miles away.  Travelling on foot with his wife and two children, he will sleep in the open country tonight, relying on a couple of ragged filthy blankets and the collective body heat of his family to provide the warmth needed for this night.  He knows that they will journey on tomorrow, regardless of whether or not they are able to secure food or water for the journey.  He fears that if his children stray from his sight they may fall into the hands of those who will harm, abuse or exploit them.  And he knows that this daily cycle will repeat itself until he arrives at the border of a country that is able to provide a safe haven for he and his family.

And he knows that once at the border, there is every chance that he and his family may be denied access to the very place that offers some semblance of hope for its future.  He knows they may find themselves stranded for days, weeks... how long in a backlogged community formed as other families like his wait and wonder if they will be accepted out of the country which has become - for them - uninhabitable.

And he knows that even if they are received, they must now start with nothing to rebuild life in a land whose culture, traditions and language are foreign.

Where is God in all of this?  Well, let’s remember this:  God knows.  And when he came to earth, his parents were subject to this same experience.  But let’s also remember that today we are not talking about just one family.  We are talking about four and a half million people.

This crisis will not disappear overnight.  But we can make a difference.  And so we give to agencies on the ground, who are working hard to help alleviate the very real day-to-day needs of an unprecedented mass of people who have been forced to flee from their homeland.  We pray for these agencies and for wisdom for governments all around the world as they wrestle with how to respond appropriately to this crisis.

But mainly tonight, we pray for a dad, and a mom and their children who sleep in the open air without shelter this Christmas night.  We pray for safety.  We pray that tomorrow they would find food.  We pray that their journey would bring them to a place of asylum.  And we pray that God will grant them a future in a new land.

But tonight we pray not only for a dad and a mom and their children.  We pray for four and half million like them.

May they not lose heart, and may they not lose hope on the journey.  Lord, just as you protected Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus, protect our Syrian refugees this Christmas Day.  Watch over this mass of fellow human beings, as they seek a safe haven in the world.  

   

Post your comment

Comments

  • Hapten-mediated immune thrombocytopenia usually occurs at least 7 days after the initiation of the drug, although it can occur much sooner if the exposure is actually a re-exposure to a previously administered drug. ESA therapy is well tolerated, and the NCCN recommends a trial in lower risk patients who have a serum EPO level less than 500 mU/mL (500 IU/L) and a limited transfusion history to target a hemoglobin of 10 to 12 g/dL (100-120 g/L; 6.21-7.45 mmol/L). A large-scale study demonstrated higher healthcare costs in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients. http://dev.webshop.jv.nl/stmap_aa7795.html?floxin.himplasia.vimax In cases of low-level exposure, failure to develop signs within 6 hours indicates a low likelihood of subsequent toxicity. Percutaneous absorption may be increased substantially in newborns because of an underdeveloped epidermal barrier (stratum corneum) and increased skin hydration. http://dev.webshop.jv.nl/stmap_aa77148.html?avapro.diabecon.colchicine Plasma clearance can also be determined following a single-dose IV injection with the collection of multiple blood samples to estimate area under the curve (AUC0-в€ћ). In the United States, distributors of herbal products are not required to follow current Good Manufacturing Practices. Depending on the agent, reactions can occur on first or subsequent exposure, and the timing may be within 4 hours of drug administration or up to 14 days after an infusion. http://dev.webshop.jv.nl/stmap_aa77163.html?cefuroxime.ampicillin.nitrofurantoin One model of acculturation that provides a framework for understanding acculturation describes assimilation, integration, marginalization, and separation as four possible outcomes of the acculturation process. Furthermore, inhalation of atropine or the ingestion of doxepin protects sulfite-sensitive patients from reacting to the ingestion of sulfites. Compressions stockings have been shown to reduce asymptomatic clots when appropriately fitted. http://dev.webshop.jv.nl/stmap_aa77222.html?rivastigmine.pyridostigmine.tulasi An initial validation of pulse oximetry with direct measurement of SaO2 is recommended in any critically ill patient. The final version contains 99% of the gene-containing sequence, with 99.9% accuracy. http://dev.webshop.jv.nl/stmap_aa77146.html?ginseng.bayer.topiramate In cases where the provider identifies any concerns or potential harm, when they approach the issue in the manner described above, they are in a better position to provide the patient with the necessary guidance. These efforts have heightened the awareness of the need for early identification of patients with CKD and the importance of monitoring the progression of kidney disease. Table e137-5 lists the responses reported in selected clinical trials of non-HSCT therapies.

    Posted by Akiportepab, 08/03/2018 5:40pm (2 years ago)

  • The decision to attempt percutaneous revascularization is often made with the guidance of diagnostic angiography. The CDC recognizes the strong connection between humans, animals and the environment and has created the One Health Program to move forward an action agenda with both domestic and global activities. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw68.html?repaglinide.tolterodine.enteral Diagnosis of plague can be confirmed by testing bodily fluids or tissue, such as lymph node aspirate, blood cultures, sputum aspirate, cerebrospinal fluid, or bronchial/tracheal washings. In the first report, they identify most of the studies evaluated as being "fair or good," and overall, they report that there is an association between lower literacy and adverse health outcomes. Similarly, overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, also known as HER1 or ErbB1) in head and neck, colon, and rectal cancer is associated with cancer growth and a poor clinical prognosis. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw149.html?grippostad.coral.ipratropium In the individual who is unable to exercise adequately (because of orthopedic limitations or inability to ambulate), a pharmacologic stress test can be performed in conjunction with various imaging modalities, such as thallium planar scanning, SPECT, MRI, or echocardiography. It is the procedure of choice for the diagnosis and evaluation of many cardiac conditions, including valvular abnormalities, intracardiac thrombi, pericardial effusions, and congenital abnormalities. The insulin infusion rate can be reduced gradually as signs of toxicity resolve. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw72.html?detrol.orapred.nateglinide Drug-induced thrombocytopenia can result from immune-mediated mechanisms or through a nonimmune-mediated mechanism. In some patients, relief of headache symptoms occurred within minutes of octreotide administration. A number of reviews and book chapters summarize the effectiveness of pharmacists in improving suboptimal prescribing and medication adherence and reducing ADR in older adults. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw214.html?tamoxifen.rome.benadryl Recently, biomarkers associated with fibrosis and collagen degradation in the kidney such as matrix metalloproteinases (ProMMP9), have been shown to be associated with acute allograft rejection, interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy. Younger children have increased lung elastic recoil and may have higher ratios. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw180.html?strength.tretinoin.tylex For the chapter in the Wells Handbook, please go to Chapter 17. A weak association between use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and asthma in children between ages 28 months and 7 years was reported using The Danish National Birth Cohort. In addition, the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and stones may be seen.

    Posted by Akiportepab, 08/03/2018 5:26pm (2 years ago)

  • Despite progress in disease classification, identification of over 40 recurrently mutated genes, improvement in risk stratification, and development of new treatment options in the past two decades, the ability to provide patient specific, targeted therapy remains elusive. Insulin resistance and compensatory elevated serum insulin levels result in increased levels of circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which regulates cell proliferation and can inhibit cellular apoptosis. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw115.html?genox.mentat.biaxin After forming the differential diagnosis, appropriate testing helps pinpoint the correct diagnosis. The authors are grateful to Timothy Dellenbaugh MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Residency Director, School of Medicine—University of Missouri–Kansas City for his significant contributions to this chapter in the previous edition. Serious complications, such as pulmonary aspiration, occur in less than 1% of patients. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw16.html?reglan.aleve.grifulvin Glomerular filtration is a passive process by which water and small-molecular-weight (less than 5-10 kDa) ions and molecules diffuse across the glomerular–capillary membrane into the Bowman capsule and then enter the proximal tubule (Fig. Ultimately, care should be individualized, but the following generalizations can serve as a guide to working with patients from a particular race, ethnicity, religion, or other cultural group. Because of this, serum concentrations (total or unbound) usually are used as the concentration parameter in the Emax equation. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw130.html?clomid.sugar.toprol With this test, the growth of any colonies from a sample of the test organism (10-10 CFU) after 24 hours of incubation would indicate the presence of VRE. RCC serves as an example of rational development of targeted agents based on knowledge of tumor biology and molecular signaling pathways for the treatment of other malignancies. https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw188.html?cefpodoxime.glucophage.trip Warning instructions were highly variable among all labels depending on the pharmacy. The CPIC guidelines, in addition to other pharmacogenetic information, are freely available through the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB). https://kristas.nl/stmap_gatw121.html?azelastine.oretic.fungus The rhabditiform larvae (male and female) migrate to the bowel where they may be excreted in the feces. The patient can present with either elevated aminotransferases or hepatomegaly; jaundice is rare.

    Posted by Akiportepab, 08/03/2018 5:26pm (2 years ago)

  • vegas casino games
    <a href=http://onlinelistcasino24.com/>online casino real money</a>
    <a href="http://onlinelistcasino24.com/">casino online free</a>
    online casino

    Posted by MarieBer, 08/03/2018 4:15pm (2 years ago)

  • loan services <a href="https://loanservices.us.com">small personal loans online</a> loan services <a href=https://loanservices.us.com>specialized loan services</a>

    Posted by Online Loans , 08/03/2018 3:44pm (2 years ago)

  • cheap auto insurance in texas <a href="https://cheapinsurance.us.com">cheap insurance auto</a> cheap auto insurance in florida <a href=https://cheapinsurance.us.com>cheap car insurance in texas</a>

    Posted by geico insurance , 08/03/2018 2:52pm (2 years ago)

  • payday loan online <a href="https://paydayloanonline.us.com">payday advance loan</a> payday loan online <a href=https://paydayloanonline.us.com>cash payday loans online</a>

    Posted by Payday Loans Online , 08/03/2018 11:04am (2 years ago)

  • personal loan interest <a href="https://installmentloans.cricket">installment loans guaranteed</a> installment loans <a href=https://installmentloans.cricket>installment loans direct</a> personal loans unsecured <a href="https://personalloans.science">personal loans unsecured</a> personal loans <a href=https://personalloans.science>cheap personal loans</a> payday loan <a href="https://paydayloan.science">payday loan</a> payday loan <a href=https://paydayloan.science>payday loan</a> bad credit payday lenders <a href="https://loansonline.cricket">payday loans online same day</a> loans online <a href=https://loansonline.cricket>loans online</a> payday loan <a href="https://paydayloan.cricket">a payday loan</a> payday loan <a href=https://paydayloan.cricket>payday loans without credit check</a>

    Posted by JamesBom, 08/03/2018 10:56am (2 years ago)

  • buy car insurance <a href="https://classiccarinsurance.us.com">classic car insurance</a> auto insurance quotes comparison online <a href=https://classiccarinsurance.us.com>classic car insurance companies</a>

    Posted by car insurance online , 08/03/2018 10:55am (2 years ago)

  • advance cash <a href="https://advancecash.us.com">advance cash</a> cash advance online <a href=https://advancecash.us.com>advance cash</a>

    Posted by Fastest Payday Loan , 08/03/2018 10:11am (2 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments