I Am an Immigrant

Lord, I am an immigrant
I haven’t taken on that label until recently
I’m white and was born in England
I haven’t faced prejudice, discrimination or suspicion
I had a green card and I have a social security number
An acceptable identity
Although I do recall how overwhelming it was to come to America
There were so many choices – whether it was types of bread or salad dressings
Everything was unfamiliar, foreign and strange
I had to learn a new culture, a new language, a new way of being
I had to face my own prejudice against America
But coming to America brings freedom and change
I choose what to keep from my former life and what to leave behind
I decide what to adopt from this new country and integrate into my new life here
I change my first name
I change my marital status, but keep my last name
I change my denomination
I change my profession
I accept a new calling
I accept a new identity
I am a resident alien/permanent resident for decades
Then I become a citizen of this new country
Where I experience life differently
I practice listening for God’s voice
I learn to trust God more
And respond to God’s nudges and direction
I learn to have fun, and to let go
To risk more and adventure with God
Into new places, experiences, and challenges
I experience freedom and joy
I am an immigrant
I thank God every day for bringing me to the United States
May we welcome the waves of immigrants and refugees who find their way here

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of
an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9)

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

One thought on “I Am an Immigrant

  1. Rosalind. This is such a new insight for me as to who is an immigrant. I am praying for the Lord to allow me to see everyone as he sees them.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Trina Loehndorf

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