Achmed was a slight, not very tall asylum-seeker. In the detention centre he had been separated from his wife and child for a little over a year.
At that time he was in contact with the Comino family who were first generation immigrants to Australia. They had become an ongoing support for Achmed, and naturally they were the ones to first receive him when he finally received refugee status and a placement in the community.
“The day I got out, when I sank into the sofa at the Comino’s home, I will never forget the feeling of release and comfort”, said Achmed. “The freedom was exhilarating, my burdens gone, and that was even before I saw my family again. I will never forget the Cominos who accepted me into their hearts long before they accepted me into their home".
At that time, Jesus exclaimed, ‘Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’.- Matthew 11:28-29
Gracious Father, we await the healing power of Christ your Son. Let us not be discouraged by human weakness as we prepare for his coming. Keep us steadfast in your love. We ask you this through him who lives with you for ever and ever. Amen
I dig my fingers into wet dirt- From ‘Black String of Days’ by Yusef Komunyakaa
where each parachute seed pod
matters. Some insect
a fleck of fool’s gold.
I touch it
a man asking for help
as only he knows how