It can be very hard to live as an alien in a culture or place. Being new or an outsider means you are suspect until you prove yourself. Having moved often I know how hard it is to be the outsider in a place. As a Native woman, I am often the outsider in the dominant culture of the church and community. To speak up for one's self or one's children takes courage and passion beyond imagining.
A foreigner and an outsider approached Jesus. She was a gentile, from a different land and culture. At first Jesus refuses her, because he assumes, early in his ministry, that he has come for his people only. But God even teaches the savoir of the world that love does not discriminate. Not one of us is outside of the loving embrace and healing touch of God. Jesus heals her child, and her bravery and persistence resound throughout history. God invites us to let love be our guide today.
Today I ask God to help me be brave and courageous despite the restrictions of place and culture. May we never step back from asking for what we need, and never flinch in the pursuit of healing for others. May we overlook first refusals and outsider treatments and be warriors for God's love in this world today.