Today we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust; six million Jews and thousands of others, including ‘outcasts’ like disabled people, homosexuals and many others.
It was a shameful time in our history and we must take the time to remember so that it won’t ever be allowed to happen again.
The memorial was first declared in 1953 by the Israeli Prime Minister and the Israeli President.
Some communities read the list of those who suffered and perished in camps and ghettos. There are several Television specials about heroes of the holocaust who saved many lives while risking their own.
I hope that if I was challenged to help others that I would rise to the occasion. What about you? What can we do even now to help those around us who need help? Yes friends, even to the point of helping our enemies.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. … (Matthew 5:43-48, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, we pray we would serve like Christ in the fearful times but also Lord, we know you will have to provide us the strength to do so. Amen.