Thanksgiving can be a confusing holiday for some. It celebrates one particular wave of immigrants that landed on these shores. But what about immigrants now? Will we ever celebrate those who land on these shores today? How can we revere white, European immigrants and in the same breath decry the arrival of darker-skinned people? Katelin H. takes an honest look at these questions. She presses the church to recognize our own status as “foreigners” in this world — foreigners who have been accepted by God. Won’t we extend that acceptance to others?
“We are a Church whose history is filled with refugees who have been the pillars of our faith. Indeed, we pray to a God that does not heartlessly tell us to ‘go away,’ but instead tells us ‘welcome home.’ We are foreigners that have been welcomed into God’s Sovereign State. Will we not offer others the same?”