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.