Pray. Advocate. Pray.

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Me and my friend Juenses. He is not a migrant, but he lives as close to the border as possible so he can see his American fiancée, who goes to school in Tuscon

Today was a contrast for me. From a filming standpoint, everything unfolded beautifully. Interviews went perfectly, and Natalia was wonderful. Things just kind of unfolded for us. As John would say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” So, for all of that I am excited and so grateful.

On the other hand, I witnessed some things that I cannot shake. I saw real hardship and suffering. Real people with real stories about real things that happened to them. My immediate reaction to witnessing this was, “How can I fix that?” As we continued to walk through Nogales, I got more and more overwhelmed. Actually a better word would be discouraged. I was discouraged. I walked by so many people in need of help, and I couldn’t do anything. I looked at these people, likely recently deported, made eye contact with them, then had to just keep walking. It was so hard. We are here to help this cause, yet I have to walk by and do nothing in so many situations. The issue is so much more than simple poverty. There are layers — constructed by a culture of greed. It’s bigger than me. I don’t know what to do.

As my mother has ingrained in me my over my life, when you don’t know what to do, pray. Pray for those I meet. Pray for the governments who control this environment. Pray for those who don’t know what step to take next in their efforts to aid. Pray, and in the midst of prayer, advocate for the suffering. Stand with. Be a compassionate human towards the marginalized. Be a source of hope and a ray of joy. It means I have to let go of this notion in my head that everything has a solution. Sometimes all you can do is be present and pray. Pray. Advocate. Pray.

God, work through me. Help me stand with. Help me be a source of hope. And give me the faith to trust that you take care of your children. Amen.

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