Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009: 20 years collapse of the wall, 71 years Kristallnacht

The celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall coincides with the date of Kristallnacht, which apparently is called Pogromnacht in the German media. Some of the pictures are from the Tagesschau (see sidebar).

Who would have believed any of these things could happen? Sometimes we think the Bible tells outrageous stories, but look at our world. The Jews suffered unspeakably. And the German population suffered, too. I don't quite know how our grandparents made it through flight and collapse, death of spouse, looking after orphans. But there were not many choices. You can only put everything in the Lord's hands. If you die, you die, if not, then not.

"For I know the plans I have for you... to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. This word still echoes into all our fears.

PS: on that wagon sits the mother of one of our Lutheran Church Canada pastors. Picture taken in Poland.

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