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A couple of weeks ago I was stirred from my sleep early in the morning to the loud honking of flocks of geese flying over my house. Since that day there has been a steady increase of geese migrating south heading for warmer climates as the summer draws to a close.

It got me thinking about all the many people who migrate to new places, and the many reasons they do so. Immigrating from oppressive, impoverished, and spiritually repressive countries. Pursuing hope in another land far from their own, hoping to find freedom, food, and safety where they can raise their families and pursue a life free to worship as they may and live as they may. Too often, we forget just how good we have it. Plenty of food, water, places to live and jobs to pursue.

America's recognition of humanity's universal hunger for freedom was trumpeted in the famous lines that were added to the Statute of Liberty's pedestal in 1903 that read: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Undoubtedly the immigration laws of the United States need to be upheld and probably updated. However, there are groups of people who have risen up against those who wish to immigrate. Some want to close all of our borders so that none can gain entry, especially if they are from a third world country. We forget that most of us here are the descendants of people came to American from other countries. Hard working immigrants have made this country strong and proud.

Heaven Migration

But we are also immigrants of another kind—in migration to a place called heaven, our ultimate destination of endless opportunity. When God originally created this earth it didn't come with boarders, fences, and drawn map lines. We were all created in God's image and were all His children. It doesn't matter what race, gender, or disability we may have, we are still His and He loves us all the same.

As long as we are here we have a responsibility to do what we can to make our world a better place—to lift up the down trodden and to provide a haven for those afflicted by the various forms of oppression. This is the true American dream that we can achieve if we put our hearts to it. But our ultimate mission is to prepare ourselves and others for the new country that Abraham saw from a distance with that glorious city—who's Maker and Builder is God.

Whether it's a flock of migrating geese, a family of immigrants, or you and me seeking out that heavenly city, we all share the desire to find a better life and to be all that God intended for us to be. And Scripture clearly teaches that the God we serve has a special place in His heart for those who are fatherless, widowed and who are strangers in a foreign land.

“He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).

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