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Obama's Christmas gift

Soon we will hear again the story of the first Christmas. The story usually ends with shepherds, wise men and animals gathering around the holy family in praise and Thanksgiving. Later the holy family fled to Egypt as King Herod was out to kill a...

Soon we will hear again the story of the first Christmas. The story usually ends with shepherds, wise men and animals gathering around the holy family in praise and Thanksgiving. Later the holy family fled to Egypt as King Herod was out to kill all the young boys in the area. Fortunately, the family was able to cross the border to safety. Jesus began his life here on earth as a refugee.

In the Holy Scriptures Jesus identifies himself with refugees and immigrants ("I was a stranger and you welcomed me" - Matthew 25.) We are called to see Jesus in the many young refugees on the southern border who are fleeing those who want to kill them. Now we have the opportunity to keep safe those with whom Jesus has identified himself.

As we gather as families this Christmas time, we rejoice that a number of newcomers to the United States will be able to celebrate without needing to worry about deportation. President Obama's recent action is a wonderful Christmas gift to these families.

His action is a wonderful Christmas gift to the nation, for it starts us on a path of being again the kind of nation we are capable of being. Probably most folks have not felt good when seeing moms placed in detention (prison), children sent back to face gangs determined to kill them, dads being treated unfairly at their job site because of fear of being deported.

This Christmas season will be different for many immigrants. May this presidential Christmas gift bring joy and an abundance of determination to make things right as we see Jesus in the face of those immigrants.

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Robert Munneke

Chair

Task Force on Immigration, Refugee, and Asylum Seekers Justice

NE MN Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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