The Future Flowering




We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard heartedness, all indifference, and all contempt is nothing else than killing. With just a little witty skepticism we can kill a good deal of the future in a young person. Life is waiting everywhere, the future is flowering every­where, but we only see a small part of it and step on much of it with our feet.
~Hermann Hesse, from Vivos Voco, 1919

Hundreds of thousands of people have the choice of living (and likely dying) oppressed in the midst of conflict, too often with the risk of being enslaved and raped, or to try escape to an uncertain fate on the other side of a border, a fence, a turbulent sea.

So many of us are here, living in countries that sustain and grow us, because we descend from people who escaped war, or hunger, or extreme poverty. Many of us worship a God who was a refugee Himself from a king who sought Him dead.

Can we extend a hand of hope to millions who also want to put roots down in safety so their lives, and their childrens’ lives, may flower?   Even if it means less soil for us all, are we not the privileged gardeners to prepare the ground so all people may flourish?






3 thoughts on “The Future Flowering

  1. Powerfully stated, Emily.
    Paragraph three is especially pertinent for our nation because we — each one of us — are descended from immigrants
    who fled their native homelands, often with only the clothes on their backs with perhaps a small satchel containing
    bare necessities and a few family remembrances to sustain them. I am a descendant of Gaels, on both sides of my
    family history. I clearly remember my grandparents telling us children stories of the horrors of religious and economic
    persecution and starvation in Ireland in the early and mid-19th Century from which their families fled to America.

    As I read about and view the graphic accounts the extent of the mass exodus we are witnessing and of the human
    suffering of traumatized desperate men women and children seeking asylum in Europe, I try to visualize and
    What would it be like if I were forced to flee for my life, leaving behind everything that
    I have ever known and loved, rip out my generational roots and walk hundreds of miles
    to an unknown foreign destination, or board a flimsy overcrowded dinghy or raft for
    a perilous sea journey — all the time not knowing if I will find a refuge at the other end.
    The possible reality of such a fate is foreign to me because I have always taken my
    freedom and safety for granted.
    That assumption of surety can no longer be taken for granted because of the current epidemic
    of hatred and violence that is enveloping our world.

    What we are witnessing is unimaginable human suffering on an epic scale. We, as citizens of the most
    richly endowed nation on earth, have no choice but to respond to the best of our ability and our resources.
    This is not an economic choice. It is not a choice based upon a person’s ethnicity, color of skin,
    or faith belief (or lack thereof). It is a MORAL IMPERATIVE.
    We will be judged, individually and as a nation by the Creator of all if we do not respond to this
    great human need.


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