Our Christmas story
Friday, December 7, 2018
In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.
From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat, observed an act of disobedience, or just thought the time had come. President Trump assured our nation that the gas was not harmful. To a fleeing pregnant woman that might be questioned.
We’re a nation of laws and must be a country with borders. We’re also a compassionate people. And for those of us who answer the call of Jesus, who know about a refuge family trying to find a place to give birth to a child, this could be as unnerving as the gas itself.
Before putting politics aside we do know, and it is well documented, that Sen. Chuck Shumer offered the president funding for his wall in exchange for DACA protection. The president initially accepted and then reneged. Now the president is threatening a government shutdown if he doesn’t receive his $5 billion dollar wall funding. More than a conundrum, it’s a wrecking ball.
If we are not the son or daughter of a Native American, then our family has stood at the border with fear, trepidation and desperation. We know their reasons for coming. They probably didn’t make that treacherous journey to harm Americans.
It’s for us to consider why and how we became part of that great American tapestry. It’s for us to bask in the holiness of Joseph walking beside Mary looking for a home and to ponder anew that Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn.
It is time for us to face the harsh reality that we too are the innkeepers.
Alison Lord Stuart