Keeping Her Family Strong

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” -Isaiah 43:2

Last week I met Mariam and Amal. Mariam is a Syrian Refugee, a mother of 11 children. Amal is her bright, funny, smart, fifth grade son. When you meet him, you would never know what his family had recently experienced.
Mariam’s family has been in the U.S. for over a year, and they are still struggling to establish their home and make ends meet. When asked what her biggest worry is, Mariam smiles and says, “I don’t have a worry today. I used to worry that someone in my family would not make it through the day without being killed. God watched over us. So, I have no worries today.”
Mariam’s faith is what kept her and her family strong.
For many, worry is a horrible thing. Some people are held hostage by it. But it truly is one of the ways that prevents us from completely connecting with God.
  • What would happen if you truly trusted that God will guide you in every decision you have to make?
  • What would happen if you believed that God was there to hold your hand and walk with you through frightening times?
  • What would happen if you simply told yourself to stop worrying and ask God to watch over you?
Next time your anxious or full of worry, think about Mariam. Think about Amal and the rest of their family. Think about the fear that they endured…and how they survived.
Think about the trust they put in God’s hands and where they are today. 
It puts our world in perspective, doesn’t it?   


Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK and a member of the Marketing Committee at St. Dominic Catholic Church.


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