In my talk last Sunday, I spoke about the war in Yemen and the New York Times photo expose that I found too painful to share in Service. Amal Hussain, whose image has haunted me all week, passed away today from severe malnutrition. A casualty of war, and indifference. My heart is broken for her mother and father, and for all of us. Amal's life, and her tragic death, has illuminated our collective apathy to the suffering of millions.
I also spoke about our call to moral leadership and about how difficult it can be to take action against all of the hate and division in the world, and how challenging it can be to answer that call. I shared with you this quote:
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
In Arabic, Amal means hope. I have hope; I have faith that her life and death can serve as a catalyst for our awakening. Amal's doctors wanted her family to take her to the Doctors Without Borders hospital 15 miles away, but they had no money, so they took her home to their hut in the refugee camp where she died three days later. While we could not save Amal, we can save countless other lives.
Refugee crises span the globe from Syria to Myanmar, Yemen, and Central America. In our moral leadership and with the awareness of the abundant resources available, we can take actions to help financially. With the moral awareness that so many of our ancestors, for too long, were denied a voice and a vote, we can use the power of the ballot box to demand that our representatives put human lives and moral principles ahead of short-term power and prestige. There is simply no excuse to stay home and not vote when lives are at stake.
Remember these words of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew:
"For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:35-36
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