A Christmas Message From CLINIC's Executive Director
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:5
Those who accompany and work with immigrants in the United States are well aware of the darkness all around — the challenges facing immigrant families who suffer long visa delays and are separated, who lack legal counsel and are confused and afraid, who await deportation back to places from which they’ve fled for their lives. Like the lengthening nights of winter, the hardship can seem to be all-encompassing.
Inspired by the celebration of Christmas, we look for the light to carry us through. In a dark room, a tiny light draws all eyes. The victories, joys and resilience of the immigrant families in our midst are powerful reminders of why we put our faith in the triumph of love and justice. When a family member receives a green card, when parents and children are reunited, when a newly licensed immigrant can drive to work without fear of deportation — these moments of hope are like flames that burn brightly to guide us forward.
Though they come from diverse faith traditions, the affiliates in the CLINIC network take up the holy work of welcome every day; their day-to-day practices serve as beacons of light in a world that so often seeks to exclude.
This Christmas holiday season, may we keep those forced to flee their homes in our hearts and prayers. Like the Holy Family, who themselves were refugees, we pray that God will hold and protect migrants and refugees in his loving care.
From all of us at CLINIC, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Thank you for your support and for your prayers offered on behalf of our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters.
Anna Gallagher, CLINIC Executive Director