Last summer my wife and I experienced the loss of a beloved family member. The unexpected passing not only disrupted our scheduled agenda, but it also disrupted our naive sense that things would always be the way they were.
In honor of Black History Month, and as a way to feed my own soul, I have been reading a collection of the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
I was born in Philadelphia, but Montebello is my spiritual home.
NOTE: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate a dissenting view of a recent Executive Order as informed by a faithful and coherent reading of Scripture. This is not intended to be a comprehensive theology or a political directive.
On Friday, January 27, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  That order has effectively suspended travel for visa-holders, green-card residents, and refugees to the United States based on nationality and religion.
Last night I dreamt of squeezing in to tight spaces, fording a rushing river, teetering on the edge of a cliff, and hiding from a band of marauders.