I have put off writing this letter. I could blame everything in my daily life for keeping me too busy to write to you, but the truth is that I selfishly put off this simple task because I was scared and I did not want to feel your pain. You have more courage than I could ever dream of possessing. And I’m sorry… I’m sorry.
I am so sorry I have failed you.
When I see your face and the faces of those lost in your struggle I am at a complete loss for words. We are suppose to be here for each other, to share the pain and burden of this world together but you have taken the worst of what this life has to offer and it is not fair. You find yourselves without a home, without food, resources, safety, and wellbeing and yet you represent more hope to this world than what I am sure feels possible right now.
I want you to know that no matter where you are, or how lost you feel, you are not forgotten. Whoever you are, I think about you everyday. I wonder what you are thinking, feeling, if you know you are loved.
Because you are loved.
When the world gives you nothing and you feel like you have nothing left to give, remember that I love you. And I am not alone. You have brothers and sisters in America and all over the world who pray for you, cry for you, feel helpless because we don’t know what to do to protect you. No matter how far away you find yourselves from your country, know you have a home in us. A home in me – an Indiana girl whose heart bleeds for your injustices.
My prayer for you is that you travel far away from your danger with a story in your heart. I hope your story grows with every step of your journey and you tell it along the way. Your story has the power to change people’s hearts, change this world. You see despite the cruelty you have been shown, you are not the hopeless. You are hope. You embody the strength, courage and goodness this world needs and we all wish we could have. You have the power to force change in humanity so no one hurts anymore and we are all at peace together. Your story is more powerful than any weapon, hate or death could ever be.
I will be dreaming of you tonight. You will be safe, and loved, and warm with me and God. I will always be there for you. If nothing else, take shelter in knowing you are loved.
Jacqueline, United States