Dr Eva Olsson never uses the word hate because she says “Hate is a killer.”
If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, I hope you will take it. She is a Holocaust survivor who tells her story in calm detail.
She is quite elderly now but she speaks for the millions who were murdered. She says it is easier to live in denial than to look at the truth because truth can be very ugly. She begs today’s children not to bully and to have respect for others. And as a bystander, we are just as guilty as the bully because we did nothing. Silence does not hear us.
As she says, Racism is a learned attitude. We may learn it indoors from our family but what we learn indoors we take out into the world.
Her goal is that no child shall ever again die of evil hands.
Today children still die around the world. What can each of us do in our own small way to help the child who lives next door to us?
The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them. (Mark 10:13-16, MSG)
Prayer- Oh God, we beseech you, save the children, for Christ’s sake. Amen.