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Romans 14:13 Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another.
Last summer, our family spent a day with some Episcopalians in Munich, Germany, learning about their ministry with refugees. That day also happened to be the eighteenth birthday of Mohammed, so we invited him to dinner. As we sang Happy Birthday, Mohammed blew out his candles. I wonder if his wish was the same as my prayer.
May the stumbling blocks crumble, and this man find a safe place to call home. May people no longer judge him as terrorist, criminal, or bedraggled refugee, but as an artist, jokester, talented linguist, beloved child of God.
MOVING FORWARD: Visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org to make a donation to support refugee resettlement.