Kick off the Global Migration Campaign

Rebekah Lemke

“Put your best foot forward.” “Don’t put your foot in your mouth.” “May your feet take you where your heart wants to go.” Many familiar sayings refer to the foot.

Your feet move you, guide you and take you places. They can become tired, but they are with you for the long haul.

Feet are prominent in the Bible and in Christian teachings too. Jesus, of course, washed the feet of his disciples as a symbol of respect and love. And Psalms 94:18 says, “When I say, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your mercy, Lord, holds me up.” The famous “Footprints in the Sand” poem illustrates God’s devotion to each one of us as he carries us through the rough times on our individual journeys.

Refugees arrive in Greece.

Feet provide stability, strength and movement. But they need protection from rough ground, sharp corners and unexpected obstacles. So, people use many things to protect feet: sandals, protective work shoes, sneakers, calluses, creams, baby booties—and socks.

For many people, socks are an expression of their individuality. In the United States, we seem to like socks of various colors, designs and sizes. Think giant happy face emojis or fanciful dinosaurs.

Although socks can be a source of frustration (Where do their mates go in the washing machine, anyway?), they provide warmth and coziness after a long or rainy day. Socks can add style too. But more than anything, socks stick with you. They mold to your feet and stay with you no matter where you go. Socks give protection and comfort along the steps of your daily and lifelong journeys.

Each person takes his or her own path, and sets out on their own journey. It’s part of life. Even so, often it’s difficult to understand what someone else is going through. For millions of refugees and migrants, their journeys have been hard and long. They have had to flee because of conflict, lack of food or natural disasters. Many of these journeys we will never be forced to make. So how do you love your neighbor and put yourself in their shoes when you may not have met your neighbor?

Refugees grab their belongings and board buses for the Hungary border after drying off at a refugee aid point in Serbia.

I once heard this quote: “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” It means that we can each make an impact. We can pray, advocate for the most vulnerable, and educate ourselves about the challenges migrants and refugees face. We can listen to refugees when they tell their stories. We can use our hearts and heads to make smart and ethical purchasing decisions that help the most vulnerable people—including migrants and refugees.

One way we’re doing this is by working with our ethical trade partner Maggie’s Organics to raise money for Catholic Relief Services programs that support migrants and refugees. You can love your neighbor and share the journey too when you purchase fair trade organic cotton socks made by Maggie’s Organics. Twenty percent of sock sales benefit CRS’ work with migrants and refugees worldwide. It’s a good first step toward dignity, safety and love for our neighbors.

Fair trade organic cotton Share the Journey socks from Maggie’s Organics.

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