In Memory of Kayla
February 10, 2015
Today we found out we lost Kayla Jean Mueller , hostage of ISIS since 2013.
Kayla felt the need to reach out to those in our country and elsewhere who were suffering and discriminated against . ” There is no peace without justice , ” she believed . The humanity that Kayla exemplified touched so many including me. What struck me most is that Kayla in her years of captivity, attempted to find the humanity in her captors .
Kayla managed to teach her guards origami : the birds of peace . I remember the delight in my ten year old son when his friend taught him how to create origami birds for the first time. The mere attempt that Kayla made of teaching origami and sharing songs with her captors leaves me humbled and wondering if I could ever find that strength,that courage and compassion .
I have no words for her kidnappers and I am not able to forgive ISIS for capturing Kayla and taking her away from the Syrian refugee families she was helping and her loved ones . ISIS reflects no religion (not even Islam as they claim) as their cruel actions create such pain everywhere and there is no religion which supports such evil. They seem to be no more than a savage cult .
But I will pause and reflect in the days and months to come and attempt to show more humanity and grace as Kayla did so easily in her short years of life ,even while she was in captivity.
Let’s take a little of Kayla’s message, choosing to judge less, respect each other’s differences and unite more . After all, we never know when it is our time to leave this Earth but when it is, let it be in the remarkable loving manner Kayla left this world despite what was being done to her ,with compassion,grace and her origami cranes of peace.
Homefront Hugs USA
Kayla’s work before her capture by ISIS:
Kayla’s last letter to her parents :