St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri
January 27, 2022

Psalm 71Holocaust Remembrance Day
The holocaust raised – and raises still – questions about the faithfulness of God. So did the horror of the Cultural Revolution in China, which Christians like Li Tim-oi experienced. So did the violence of the Roman Empire. So does American slavery and its ongoing aftermath.
Is God always the deliverer, the sustainer, the castle that keeps God’s people safe? And if not, then what? How do we live when we feel forced by honesty to say, “Yes, but…”

Psalm 71:1-6
In you, O Lord have I taken refuge;let me never be ashamed.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my stronghold.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
For you are my hope, O Lord God, my confidence since I was young.
I have been sustained ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; my praise shall always be of you.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

If it seems like a long time ago, consider this: Three of the children pictured in this iconic photo at the liberation of Auschwitz are alive and well – photographed pointing to themselves as children.
We do not dare forget either the horror or the complicity of so many Christians – OR the lies, political conspiracy theories and emotional brutality that led up to it. With the rise of both anti-semitism and holocaust denialism in or country, we Christians need to insist on remembering.



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