This is a story of one man’s attempt to “love one another”.
Can you imagine the heartache of a parent with children, when they are living in a world hostile to their beliefs? Can you imagine wondering if your children will learn and accept the values you are trying to teach them when the world they live in is pounding them with false beliefs and destructive values? Can you imagine living in a world where your own values are labeled as hatred?
One man lived is such a time. He saw families torn apart, children and parents suffering and in danger for their lives. Perhaps he was at first at a loss if he could do anything to help them. We don’t know. What we do know is that he did do something.
Sir Nicholas Winton was invited to a BBC television show, although he didn’t know why. His wife had found his notebook detailing a work he had done 50 years earlier. It contained a list of children he had saved during the Holocaust, children in his country of Czechoslovakia, who were in danger of being sent to Nazi concentration camps, danger of being separated from their families and being put to death. Sir Winton started a movement, later known as Czech Kindertransport, which helped children to escape to Britain and away for harm.
BBC told this story with Sir Winton in the audience, and unknown to him, surrounded by children, now adults, whose lives he had save. He and others were brought to tears. I was too, when watching this video. He saved 669 lives in all. He was a living example of “love one another”.
Our world is not the same one Sir Winton faced during Nazi Germany’s terrible reign, but we do have an enemy, a spiritual one. The values we hold are sometimes labeled as hatred. Our spiritual enemy wants us destroyed. You may not be able to show the love of God to 669 children, but you can show love to the next person you meet. I am challenged in the same way! Will I forget self and focus on others? Will I help them see that they have a heavenly Father who loves them, who has a home waiting for them away from the hate and the evil they see every day? I will try.
Please join me. The good we do helps us cope with the wrong we see in the world. And with God, all things are possible.
“If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12
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