On Saturday night, I was privileged to attend a beautiful women’s conference. It was focused on reaching out to serve others, especially the 60 plus million refugees in the world today. It sunk deep into my heart.
I am a woman who has been greatly blessed in her life. I have seen many amazing places in the world. I’ve always had people who loved me and whom I loved. I have never known intense poverty. I’ve always had shelter, food and clothing. I might have been poor by American standards, but not by other countries in the world. I have always had enough.
My family was never forced to flee for our religious beliefs. I’ve never had to watch someone I love be killed because they chose to believe in a different God. I’ve never had to walk hundreds of miles just to find a safe place to call home. I don’t know what it’s like to watch your world torn apart as you become an orphan at a young age and must flee the horrors of war.
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Yet I understand pain, sorrow, grief and tears. I understand the shock that comes from having to start over again and feeling overwhelmed. I have witnessed disaster, intense poverty, fear, hunger, deep grief, tragedy, violence and death. But I have also witnessed relief, compassion, unconditional love, kindness, charity, and so much more.
As I strike out to go forth in the world on another adventure, this time I plan on giving back. I see the tears of the children and adults and my heart aches for them. I have so much love in my heart to give, why can’t I give back to those who have so little?
And this is why I call this post “A Call to Arms”…it is time for all of us to give back a little more. My situation is unusual as I will be able to travel to another country and do it there, but you can find grief, pain, fear and more right in your own backyard. The best way to resolve some of your own problems is to get outside of yourself and serve others!
The lyrics and song below are my own call to arms. Read and listen…let it sink into your soul…then PLEASE go out and help in any way you can…even if it’s just an extra smile and hug. Together we can all bring more light and love into this dark world and just maybe, make a real difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Let’s give back hope together. “Can you hear the pleas of the refugees for safe harbors of the heart?”
Safe Harbors – Michael McLean
“There are refugees among us
That are not from foreign shores;
And the battles they are waging
Are from very private wars.
And there are no correspondents
Documenting all their grief,
But these refugees among us all
Are yearning for relief.
There are refugees among us.
They don’t carry flags or signs.
They are standing right beside us
In the market check out lines;
And the war they’ve been fighting
It will not be televised,
But the story of their need for love
Is written in their eyes.
This is a call to arms,
To reach out and to hold
The evacuees from the dark.
This is a call to arms,
To lead anguished souls
To safe harbors of the heart.”
If you wish to find a place to start helping, the site below is a great place to start!