A view of Lady Liberty is a short walk from the World Trade Center. What a contrast!
On one hand there is a reminder of what dogma does in our world. On the other, a symbol of love, freedom, and inclusion of all people.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These words were written by Emma Lazarus, but they could have easily come from the lips of Jesus. They refer to an invitation to America but at its best, America has been a reflection of the Kingdom of God, where there is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.
Take a lesson from Lady Liberty today and make your life a welcoming home for people, no matter where they come from or what they believe.