An Orphan and an Alien
Often when I went into Whataburger in Midlothian, Anya was a bundle of energy as she poured her strength into selling American hamburgers. Now she’s efficiently working at WalMart in the deli section, and after hours she helps her husband as he launches his new business as an electrician. On September 19, 2015 I got to tie the knot as Anya and Jason made their sacred vows of marriage.
I first met Anya when her parents brought her to church for the first time. They had just returned from Moscow. She was an older child, a Russian orphan with no English. Suddenly, she plunged into the swirling waters of learning Texas English, adjusting to new brothers and sisters, and going for the first day of class in a new school. She was an alien, but this was one determined, disciplined, young girl on the verge of womanhood. Anya now speaks with a slight accent, but it’s beautiful, clear, and honest. As she entered married life, the LORD definitely fulfilled what the psalmist said about His care of orphans and aliens.
“The LORD watches over the alien. He sustains the orphan and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.” - Psalm 145:9
LORD, pour Your love into Jason and Anya’s new marriage. Thank you for helping her to legally find a home here in the U.S. Guide us as a country as we seek to deal with tough immigration issues—issues intensely debated in the presidential campaigns. Help me to be sensitive to Your Word and not controlled by my own personal experiences and fears.
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