June 10, 2010

Breathing Free

One hundred and fifty-one July’s ago Emma was born to Moses and Esther in New York City.  Her writing talents flourished under personal mentoring from Ralph Waldo Emerson and novelist Henry James.  At 38 cancer ended her life of crusading against anti-Semitism.  Racial hate etched Emma Lazarus' great faith in America’s values into our national narrative as she wrote, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …”

The greatest Liberator of all said something similar eighteen centuries earlier:  “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me, and I will give you rest.”

Not only rest, but forgiveness.

Right about now how does that sound to you?