"Everything is lost" is never the final word

Years ago a friendship grew with a family who had fled as refugees from their homeland. Their country had been overwhelmed by civil war and political oppression. The extent of their loss was impossible for me to understand fully, especially at the young age I was then. They worked hard, sacrificed, and made a new home for themselves.

My wife and I spent an evening with them recently after a lapse in contact for many years; it was wonderful to see progress.

The refuge they had been forced to seek was more than "escape." While they could have been overwhelmed by despair and been weighed down by hurt and bitterness, they weren't. They went beyond these understandable responses and discovered strength and resources they hadn't realized existed during quieter, more comfortable times.

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Truth can't be censored
June 24, 1991

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