Today marks the beginning of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance of Judaism (and thank you to Dr. Erica Martin for bringing this to my attention). I have participated in several Yom Hashoah services over the years during my time as Ecumenical Liturgy Graduate Assistant at Seattle University. You will be brought to your knees acknowledging the atrocities that can be (and continue to be) committed in the name of humanity. And then further humbled by the acknowledgment of hope and transcendence that exists in the human spirit. A particular phrase that marks the worship service is, "We will never forget." Let it be so.
Let us never forget that all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to be silent.
Let us never forget that we are capable of unspeakable atrocities in the name of nationalism and in patriotism.
Let us never forget that by having a desire to punish at all costs, we create the monsters that haunt us.
Let us never forget that innocents pay the price of our decisions to turn away from caring for one another.
Let us never forget that holocausts continue and that genocide is still experienced.
Let us never forget the evil that haunts humanity.
Let us never forget that a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly.
Let us never forget that caring for the widow, the orphan, and the stranger among us is a call to compassion at all costs.
Let us never forget that when we offer our neighbor care, we offer our care to the entire world.
Let us never forget that the peacemakers are blessed.
Let us never forget that those who are last among us, will be first.
Let us never forget that love overcomes evil.
Let us never forget that no matter how small the light, it cannot and will not be overcome.
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