Isaiah 58:11
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Reflection by Kendall Martin

If we read the previous week’s scripture as a call to serve, then this week’s scripture reveals we are not alone in our calling in this journey of service and self-sacrifice. God promises to guide us, to provide the rich foundation we need to honor the sacred bond we share with our neighbors.

It is not easy to witness the harrowing journeys of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants around the world. As humans we are apt to fall into despair, to become fatigued by the enormity of the circumstances that drive people from their homes, but God promises to nourish our spirit and bring forth new life. When we remember our neighbors in prayer, when we give of our time and talents to support those seeking a life of safety and hope in our country, and when we speak up and advocate for humanitarian protection for the world’s most vulnerable, God is present. Wherever God leads you in this journey, God will be an anchor of support.


Kendall Martin is the Communications Manager for Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church.

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Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented—and the mysteries of her own life. She finds the singular, effervescent characters across the nation often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers. The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects. In her incandescent, relentlessly probing voice, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio combines sensitive reporting and powerful personal narratives to bring to light remarkable stories of resilience, madness, and death. Through these stories we come to understand what it truly means to be a stray. An expendable. A hero. An American.

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