Peace family, this time of year, we pause to reflect and remember the victims of the Holocaust. It’s also a great time of year to examine our own hearts, and extend grace.
I was able to attend a remembrance march over the weekend, which was beautiful and moving. Hearing statistics, watching an interpretive ballet, and being blessed with the blowing of a shofar as we began the march all made for an amazing experience.
My favorite part, though, was people’s personal testimonies of how hate and love intermittently transformed their lives. A Holocaust survivor named Ruth Steinfeld spoke, followed by the son of a liberator, and even two young German women who had discovered that they are the descendants of Nazis. They wept as they spoke about what their ancestors had done, and then again as the Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors offered reconciliation through comforting them and hugging them. What a picture of grace and forgiveness!
Finally, we marched across the campus of Rice University. It was a beautiful day, but it was difficult for me to get a photo to show you the number of people who were there, because there weren’t really any long single stretches, but instead, a lot of curves in the trail.
All in all, it was a powerful experience and I’d encourage you to get involved in Holocaust remembrance activities if you get the chance! For several years, some friends and I have been trying to coordinate a march in Bryan-College Station, and of course, I will let you know if we get one up and running!
Meanwhile, I want to leave you with something especially powerful. A descendant of Holocaust victims, Rozalie Jerome, whose parents were saved by Christians, brought up a powerful point and asked us to examine ourselves: Are there any areas of your heart where you are holding a prejudice against others that you need to give up?
Most of the time, we think about prejudice only in terms of race, religion, and nationalities, but there are also many other areas where we hold prejudices. It might be against people who are wealthier or poorer than you. It might be against people who are more educated than you, or less educated. It might be against women. It might be against men. It might be against people of another political party. It might be against blondes, or someone who looks like or reminds you of your ex, your step parent, or someone from your past who hurt you. Relinquish that hurt and prejudice to God today. Trust that he is good, and love others, even our enemies, as Christ asked us to.
Peace family, let’s start by cleaning out our own hearts. Next, let’s take steps to ensure that nothing like the Holocaust can ever happen again.
To learn more about the March of Remembrance, CLICK HERE, or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.marchofremembrancehouston.org/
To learn more about The Crossover Project, a ministry which aims to bring reconciliation between Jewish people and Christians, CLICK HERE, or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://thecrossoverproject.org/
To learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity and assist with sharing the gospel to Jewish people today, CLICK HERE, or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://chosenpeople.com/site/