God, through Micah, envisions a time when conflict and war will be over and everyone will be at peace. Many people are displaced because of international war or internal civil conflicts. Syrians fleeing the violence of civil war have dominated the news, but displacement is happening everywhere. The UN Refugee agency estimates that over 60 million people are currently displaced around the world. Millions of people live in temporary camps that are often over-crowded and dangerous while waiting to return to their homes or be resettled into a safer place.
Questions for Reflection:
- What words does the image of sitting under a vine or a fig tree bring to your mind?
- To fulfill God’s vision, what is one thing that you as a person of faith do to make it a blessed reality?
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION
In January, 2016, while the US committed to receive additional Syrian refugees, agents from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) rounded up hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America and prepared them for deportation. Most of these people—including families with young children—had left their homes to flee violence. Why are some accepted and other’s deported? The US does not give “refugee status” to people fleeing from Central America. Many people say the US has a “hemispheric bias” that is inherently unjust. Read more about how churches are responding to the inconsistency of US policy HERE.
There is no devotional for Sunday, March 6, 2016.