Final yr, family and friends of Whitney Roberts Logan acquired a Christmas card that stated “Merry.”
This yr, although, she’s not feeling so merry. Sending out a greeting of excellent cheer felt insincere.
Not after a political season that left the nation cut up from stem to stern. Not after seeing tales of hate crimes escalating after the election.
Not as she watches the residents of Aleppo, Syria, flee to safer corners of the world, making a refugee disaster of dire proportions that has but to be solved.
So Logan created one thing somewhat totally different this yr. She despatched out a photograph of her household with a greeting that tweaks the anti-refugee rhetoric that’s been swirling for months.
“This Christmas season we want to remind everybody that Jesus was a Center Japanese refugee.”
She confirmed it first to household and buddies, all whom appreciated the message.
Then she shared it with Pantsuit Nation — the “secret” Fb web page for Hillary Clinton supporters — and the cardboard immediately went viral, blowing up with almost one hundred eighty,000 responses.
It’s additionally whipped up greater than four,000 feedback on Logan’s message, together with this addendum from one commenter: “And (Jesus) was Jewish.”
She posted it to her public Fb web page, too, the place one lady left this message: “I hope you don’t thoughts me (a stranger) sharing an image together with your youngsters on it. With the whole lot happening in Aleppo proper now and Syria for the previous few years I actually needed to point out how your loved ones selected to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ ”
She’s fielding nonstop requests from tons of people that need to use the cardboard as their very own. An previous good friend from highschool, now working in Dubai, advised her it’s being shared round there, too.
Logan is stumped about why the cardboard has gone viral. “I don’t know, however I hope it’s gone viral as a result of individuals care about individuals,” she stated.
She meant for it to be greater than only a meme and it’s grow to be far more than that. It additionally displays what Logan, a psychotherapist, has been listening to and seeing after the election: unsettling tales of shaken religion and worry about what comes subsequent after such a divisive presidential election.
“In my skilled life and in my private life I’m uncovered to a whole lot of tales of worry and nervousness and struggling in mild of the present political local weather,” stated Logan, 33.
She’s additionally been “very wrapped up studying the information about what’s occurring in Aleppo, and I’ve simply felt type of helpless, like there’s a bit bit you are able to do, you possibly can donate to aid organizations on the bottom there, and we’ve accomplished that.”
Logan, who grew up Presbyterian, majored in faith at Baylor College. She writes a weblog referred to as “Therapeutic My Faith” the place she went silent for months as she turned “utterly swallowed up” by the election.
Now, with Christmas across the nook, wouldn’t it’s good, she thought, “for Christians particularly” to recollect Jesus Christ’s refugee expertise.
“And wouldn’t it’s nice to start out a dialog about tolerance and soften these harsh concepts of worry and keep in mind that the primary message within the Gospels is that of standing with and taking good care of the marginalized and oppressed.”
For probably the most half, response to the cardboard has been constructive, with one exception.
She despatched the playing cards electronically to household and associates “to be environmentally considerate,” however now so many individuals have requested one she may need to place collectively a mailing record.