It is National Migration Week in our church and our bishops have encouraged us to pray for peace, unity and hope for all those having to leave their homes aid countries to make a better life. Migration hits close to home for me. My husband came to the US to flee war in his own country and has made a life here that has always included a little homesickness, longing for family, friends, food, language and music from Iran.We have worked hard to keep traditions and have a sense of pride in Persian culture with our family. Really, the food is amazing! He now volunteers with World Relief and has had the privilege of helping to settle a new Afghani family this past few months. Ali and Soheila were brought to the U.S. after helping our military in Afghanistan - they couldn't stay - their lives were compromised by their support of our troops. Soheila was 8 1/2 months pregnant and would be delivering her little one far from family and home in a very different culture. Little John Iman was born a few weeks ago - healthy and beautiful with a hopeful future. They invited us for dinner on Christmas - so we went of course with gifts and food and looking forward to snuggling with the baby.Their little apartment is furnished with second-hand furniture and dishes, mismatched tables and lamps, but filled with warmth and welcome. Kind people have given them all they need for the baby and they are planning their future with excitement and purpose. The dinner was delightful - yummy food from old family recipes - laughter, stories, taking turns holding John and best of all, sharing faith. On our way home my husband said, " I have never stopped being grateful for the chance to live here - and for the freedom and peace we have." That's it my friends...peace, freedom and hope are gifts! Pray a prayer of thanksgiving tonight for all God has given us!