Keeping History Alive
Time has a tendency to erode as surely as the waves of the sea erode the sandy seashore. This fact was brought home to me on a vacation trip to Hannibal, Missouri last summer. My wife and I had a chance to tour the boyhood town of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. I put a coat of whitewash on the famous fence, and we saw the bedroom window out of which Tom Sawyer saw Becky Thatcher’s house. It was a great time.
I looked at the visitor roster, though, and was taken aback. The last time I was in Hannibal, in 1993, over 5,000 other visitors toured the site. Last year, fewer than 500 Mark Twain fans had arrived by the middle of the year. It has been over 150 years since Twain wrote “Tom Sawyer.” Political and cultural concerns mean that his books aren’t taught in schools anymore. About one more generation and Twain’s writing may be nearly lost to antiquity. That would be a shame.
It has been almost 70 years since Allied forces liberated the concentration camps that stained the history of mankind. An estimated 88% of the rescued victims of the Holocaust have since taken up a blessed eternal residence in the company of the Almighty. The voices who say that there really never was a Holocaust raise their voices in strident misguided dissent. It feels like that waves against the sand thing, doesn’t it?
LoveIsrael.com is committed to the concept that the memory of the Holocaust must never die. Through our partnership with “Survivor’s Hope,” LoveIsrael.com offers support and comfort to all who were touched by such senseless tragedy, as well as making sure that their stories aren’t lost to antiquity.
Last week I blogged on the topic of “Sometimes it really is for the children.” As a society of Christian believers, indeed as human beings with a heart for justice and mercy, we must never forget these tragic statistics:
1.) Six million Jews were murdered in the various concentration camps.
2.) One and a half million of those victims were children.
3.) Of the surviving children, 91% lost at least one parent during the war.
“Survivor’s Hope” is the light and love of Jesus Christ reaching out to those whose lives were so grievously changed by the power of hate. It is a partnership that we at LoveIsrael.com hold in our hearts with an especially tight grip. That’s because it is our way of expressing compassion for those who suffer so much.
“Suffer.” Not “suffered.” That’s a key distinction. The blows, and worse, that were rained down upon our Jewish brothers and sisters didn’t end with the Allied liberation. The scars, both literal and figurative, have never gone away. Nor will they go away, until God takes His suffering children home.
Join with LoveIsrael.com and support the timeless work of “Survivor’s Hope.” Shine a Christ-like beam of light into hearts that believed there would never be light again.
“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:4