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    Rana Goodman

    First They Came


    Like many people all over the world, I am praying for the Israeli people, especially the families that have lost children, parents, grand-parents and friends who are trying to find away to move forward after dealing with the terror and loss they have had to deal with.

    I don’t know about you, but I am having a really bad time thinking about my beautiful young cousin who lives near Tel Aviv. She is in her early 20’s, is mom to a darling 2 year old and as a baby due any day. I worry about her constantly not knowing if she is OK, if she has had the baby, and wishing I could just hear from the rest of the family there that all was well.

    Trying to fall asleep I remembered hearing a poem of sorts I heard years ago. It was written by  Lutheran paster named Martin Niemoller and is etched in a marble plaque in Boston’s WWII memorial. It is called; First They Came.

    They came first for the communists,
    I didn’t speak up because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    I didn’t speak up because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the trade unionist,
    I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Catholics,
    I didn’t speak up because I am a Protestant ,
    And by that time no one was left to speak up………….

    I pray this “war” will end soon, just as I pray that there will be peace and less hate in the world and most of all I hope I never hear again about the unbelievable killing and torture of the innocent babies and children who know nothing of such hate.


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