The story below reminded me of a woman my mother told me about from Texas who was very quiet and was in her late 80s or early 90s at the time. Her name was Ruth. Read only if you have the time and want to make a difference in your sphere of influence.
My mother spent her whole life in the northeast part of the US, but when she became sick, she wanted to live with her sister in Texas. The place she lived had many older whites, my mother was the only black resident at the time. Ruth would watch as the other residents treated my mother badly and at times would call her the “N” word. My mother is not a fighter so she would hold her head down and say not a word. There was anger in her voice however when she told me the story...
Well one day, Ruth came and sat with my mother. Ruth never said a word, only sat with her for a few meals. My mother always sat at the table alone because of the color of her skin. “Jim Crow” law was still alive for these elderly Texans. After a few visits, my mother learned this women’s name and her story because she had a brand on her arm from the Nazi Camps. When my mother asked her about it, Ruth would tear up in memory. My mother understood the tears and the silence because of her time spent in that home. Her persecution was nothing however when compared to Ruth’s. After Ruth passed, my mother sat alone at the table. But something happened to my mother because of Ruth, she realized the love of God can separate us from our persecutors and we can become vessels of healing.
As my mother watched another minority, or someone “different” come into the facility and sit alone, she would take her tray and sit with them and remain silent as they ate.
You see, it is not what we say that matters it is what we do.
Read the story below (by unknown writer) and remember persecution happens to all of us, but we don’t have to be defined by it.
Remember this lady?
Name: Irena Sendler
Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi's broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming. Later another politician, Barack Hussein Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
It is now more than 65 years since the Second World War in Europe ended. In memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated! Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'. It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.