Antidote to Despair

Go for a drive.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin who six months ago had never even been on a bike, let alone in a car.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin who six months ago had never even been on a bike, let alone in a car, who walked and was carried as a toddler by his brothers across two countries after their parents were murdered and their livestock stolen.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin who six months ago had never even been on a bike, let alone in a car, who walked and was carried as a toddler by his brothers across two countries after their parents were murdered and their livestock stolen, who grew up in a camp.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin who six months ago had never even been on a bike, let alone in a car, who walked and was carried as a toddler by his brothers across two countries after their parents were murdered and their livestock stolen, who grew up in a camp where he studied early childhood development and became a teacher to toddlers.

Go for a drive in a car donated by a couple in the church to a young man with ebony skin who six months ago had never even been on a bike, let alone in a car, who walked and was carried as a toddler by his brothers across two countries after their parents were murdered and their livestock stolen, who grew up in a camp where he studied early childhood development and became a teacher to toddlers and fasten your seat belt as he puts his learner’s permit to use.

Sit at the red light while a semi loaded with industrial light poles turns in front of his watching and wondering eyes.

What was that on the back of the truck?

Swallow your nervousness as he navigates the left lane past the Dental College being built.

Dental College?

(Doctors for teeth)

Doctors for teeth? Doctors only for teeth? Crazy!

(Slow down a little, what is the speed limit here?)

Take a breather in the parking lot–pull out a notebook, draw a diagram of the confusing intersection where yielding and merging were met by a car turning into our lane instead of his. Do you see what just happened?

I see. There are many things to see all at once.

See all at once, his brilliant smile, his resilient spirit and glimpses of his many gifts our nation in welcoming him has received.

Go for a drive with a refugee

you’ll feel better.

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