T.S.Eliot began his epic poem, The Wasteland, with these words, “April is the cruellest month.” Perhaps, but November is going to come in close as the Trump Administration has declared that some 60,000 Haitians must now leave the United States. Already this administration has told some 2,500 Nicaraguans they must leave the country. The Temporary Protection Status of some 195,000 Salvadorans faces a March renewal deadline.
As we come to our Thanksgiving tables this week and plates of food are shared between family and friends, take a moment to consider how it must feel to step into this quintessential American holiday of thanks knowing you are about to lose everything and be returned to countries that are in many ways, dangerous or simply incapable of providing you and your family and friends the means to live above an impoverished existence. Let us say prayers of thanks but also let us prophetically call out for justice and compassion to inform our nation’s policies, foreign and domestic.
The cruelty of this administration seems to know no bounds. From its intentional removal of protections for the environment to protections of citizenship for the immigrant; from its colossal tax cut plan for the extremely rich and then paying for it on the backs of the poor and middle class; from its incessant itch to pick fights, divide Americans and wreck wholesale those institutions designed to elevate our civic life, the Trump Administration and its congressional aids and abettors seem fueled by a need for cruelty. The land of the free and home of the brave is quickly transmogrifying into the kingdom of Moloch.
Lord, we give thanks for our boundless blessings. We plead with you on behalf of the poor, the sick, the elderly and the immigrant: Lord, protect them and help us as a nation to throw off the wicked cruelty that blankets us. May we adorn ourselves instead with justice and mercy. We pray in the name of the immigrant holy child who sought safety in Egypt, Amen +