Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Come back to love!

The International Organisation for Migration reported total number of migrants who have come to Europe through land and sea reached over a million in 2015. UN Refugee Agency and International Committee of Red Cross share, amongst others, first hand accounts of the suffering of the refugees. No one wants to leave the comfort of their home to be in the streets with their children in harsh conditions only to be doubted by the host communities unless that seems to be the only option to survive. And yet there are those who are adamant to promote a hateful rhetoric regarding these refugees. And the unfortunate part is the simple people, who usually are the ones ready to help, are following this rhetoric and shying away from their fundamental nature. I think it is time for people to reflect and introspect, without being influenced by others, about who they really are: those who look away from someone’s suffering or those who extend a helpful hand. During this joyous Christmas time, let us remind ourselves of the love that was bestowed on us through Jesus’ birth even when we were not worthy. This is a good time for us to come back to that love!

Come back to love,
If you’re not already here!
Come back to love,
If the hate in the world’s too much to bear! 

Let us resist the rhetoric that separates us,
Let us stand up against the lies,
Let us proclaim what defines us,
And what being human implies!

Because we were born to love,
To uphold each other in tender care,
To embrace the humanity we are all part of,
There’s enough for all to share!

Let love find its way from deep within,
Let it overflow cutting the prejudice,
Oh dear, do not let fear reign,
Let love lead the way for justice!

No one deserves to be abandoned,
All humans are His precious creations,
When anyone suffers, He is saddened,
All came from One, no matter what variations! 

Come back to love, dear ones,
Come back to who we truly are,
Basic human rights are everyone's,
No matter where and who we are!

Let us begin with respect,
If, at this time, it is difficult to love,
And slowly taking baby steps,
We will make our way back to love! 

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