Monday, November 9, 2009
Down Came the Wall
Paul is a friend who serves as associate pastor in an inner city church in Kitchener. His parents were of German and Dutch background, having weathered the chaos of World War Two Europe. The family came to Toronto and then Kitchener.
Paul relates that in 1989 he took a vacation in Germany and was present in Berlin when the wall was knocked down. He recalls the euphoria of families and friends being re-united, and the era of guard towers, machine guns and barbed-wire being brought to an end.
In the midst of the excitement and noise that day (November 9,1989), he happened upon a small church which was backed up against "the wall". He heard a worship service in progress, and entered to see a gathering of song, tears, hugs and tangible joy. Just outside the building there was posted on the wall a plaque containing a portion of scripture. Doubtless that one Word of God had been raised to His remembrance on innumerable occasions during the decades of separation and estrangement:
29For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
Today is the twentieth anniversary of that event.