Here is a more pleasant picture to view:
They were simply seeking a better life, away from the fighting. Somewhere to call home and have peace.
By mid-day yesterday, Austria had let in 11,000 refugees. Hungary has been overwhelmed by the number of refugees arriving in their homeland everyday, migrants on their way to Germany. Austrians cheered and handed out food and water to these people as they made their way over their boarder. It is an humanitarian crisis.
I have to ask myself, would I be one standing on the boarder cheering?
I hope so. I pray so.
I contemplate and wonder how this is much different than the saints traveling across our country in search of freedom, freedom to practice their religion as they pleased. How is it different than when our ancestors fled from the various countries they did and came to America in search of freedom, or peace? How is it different from those in our neighboring countries who are sending their children across our boarders fleeing the corruption and drug wars happening in their countries?
Do we really appreciate what we have here in America? Do we respect the freedom and peace we experience and reverence the lives of the men and women who bought that for us? Are we willing to share it? Do we extend those blessings to others of our brothers and sisters across the globe who do not have such blessings but only desire that for their children and their children's children? Will we open our hearts to them? How about our homes? I pray that is something I would do.
Today on this beautiful and peaceful Sabbath day, I am praying for their safety, thanking my Father for those blessings in my life, and thinking about what I might be able to do and teach to my children so they understand those magnificent blessings in our lives.