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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:00 am

Blessed to be a blessing

These past several days have become a study in contrasts.  On the one hand has been the commemoration of “D-Day,” recalling the largest combined naval, air and land assault in history, carried out on the beach at Normandy, a critical battle in the defeat of Nazi Germany.  This has been an observance that has filled our hearts with thanksgiving and pride.

On the other hand has been the news from our southern border – people being placed in cages, children sleeping on concrete floors, children dying while in the custody of the United States, children being separated from their parents, young and old dying in the desert or on the seas while seeking to get here; folks returning to the violence and danger they were seeking to escape, following being turned away at the border, and the list goes on and on.  So instead of feeling pride about our nation in this regard, we feel shame and discouragement.

It does not need to be this way.

The United States has been a beacon of hope for the world, beckoning our grandparents and great-grandparents and people from all over the world to these shores.  And this wonderful mixing of backgrounds has been a strength for our nation over the years.

What is needed now are not walls and fences but a humane and well-organized plan for receiving new people into our nation.  We have a God-given responsibility to do this: the scriptures remind us that we are “blessed to be a blessing.”  The Lord God usually works through people like you and me to bring blessings to his children on earth.  And as we more and more become that channel for God to use in blessing the earth over the next 75 years and beyond, we too can pray without feeling hypocritical: “God bless America.”  

Bob Munneke, Aitkin

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