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Heavenly Lullaby

I wrote this poem about 15 years ago or more during a time in my life where I was dealing with my image of God.  It was pre seminary so it has a bit more of a reformed feel.  I felt for the first time that God was someone that I could go to with any concern, even my questions.  

Heavenly Lullaby
By Faith Totushek
Speak to me my child, share the burdens in your heart Tell me all the fears that are tearing us apart Lay upon my ears, the shadows in your mind Come to me my child, for I am gentle, meek and kind
Greet me in the morning, when you walk along the way Share with me your deepest dreams as you go about your day I long for you to know my child, the love I have for you Come draw near to me, you will find a love that true.
Talk with me my child, I want to hear your thoughts Share with me the questions, the pain of life has brought Whisper well kept secrets, I always want to hear Come to me my child, I am so very near
Greet me in the morning, when you walk along the way Share with me your deepest d…

Immigration 101, Refugees, Asylees and TPS

I have been listening carefully to the immigration debate and discussions in this country and have come to the realization that most everyday people do not have a clear grasp of how our immigration system works and how it affects those migrating to the US.  While not an expert, I have taken a 40 hour class on Immigration Law and can explain some of the rudimentary elements of our system.

First, when we hear about immigration on the news, the various categories of immigration are lumped together and important distinctions between a refugee, and asylee, and TPS are seldom made, making it confusing for people to grasp the implications for our country.  I wish to lay out some simplified definitions and answer some of the questions I often hear everyday folks ask.  Since this is only the first in a series, know that immigration includes many different categories and these are only three.  More to follow.  (Home Land Security Chart on differences between refugees and asylee)

What is a Refug…

Biblical # MeToo Stories

What does the Bible have to say about sexual harassment, sexual assault and the #MeToo experiences that are coming to light?And how might the Bible reveal how the distortion of power can create conditions for a #MeToo culture.
I believe God is a purging our country today and powerful people are being exposed because they have abused their power and have exploited men and women sexually. Many believe that sexual harassment and assault are primarily about sex and desire and indeed sex has something to do with it but harassment, assault ,abuse and rape are about entitlement, power and about powerful people exploiting the vulnerabilities of others.Sometimes that power is physical strength but often times that power is from a higher position entailing more social status or the power to offer jobs or take them away.Sometimes it is the power of an older adult exploiting the inexperience and gullibility of the young.
For too long our churches have been silent about harassment and assault except…

Discerning DACA, For Those Dreaming of a Future

How might we find our way Biblically around DACA?  If the Bible is our compass and guide, what might we find that would give us direction as believers on various immigration issues such as DACA?And what insights can we gain to discern about the construction of walls?As one following the legislation currently being debated, lawmakers are considering tying the building of a wall between Mexico and the US to DACA legislation.  As a means of self disclosure, I favor a comprehensive immigration reform to create a better, more humane immigration system in this country.   

What is DACA?
DACA recipients are the DREAMERS who long to be welcome and have a future within the country they grew up.  DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. What that means is that if a person came as a child, deportation action could be deferred.Those who came to this country as children did not have the ability to choose but came with their parents.Many young people who came as children grew up in this…