Have you been watching the thousands of families walking from Somalia to Kenya , traveling over a hundred miles across a desert in the broiling sun to find food and shelter? I have watched the children enjoy their first food in a week, and the people waiting in line for weeks and months to be allowed in the makeshift tent city. This momentous human tragedy makes debates about trillions of dollars in deficits and tax cuts seem pretty trivial in the overall scheme.
I watch and think that the words of Christ — “come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ( Matthew 11:28) — have real meaning to the people who make this journey. I also have a better understanding of the justice in his words “ those who are first, will be last, and those who are last, will be first.” Which one of us, when we all meet in heaven, wouldn’t be willing to let these poor souls go in front of us in line.