Nov 9: Stand up for the fall

Posted on November 6, 2009 by Global Mission Support

Margit Coltvet (ELCA missionary, Germany) writes:
“This weekend is the big celebration the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Large plastic-foam ‘wall pieces’ painted by school children are in place along the street in front of the Brandenburg Gate.  On Monday night, the 9th of November, they’ll fall like dominoes.”
          I remember sitting in front of the TV 20 years ago, holding my breath, hardly daring to believe the miracle happening before my eyes.  
          Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting Berlin and listening to church leaders tell of the weekly prayer vigils that powered the peaceful revolution that brought the wall down.  For me, the fall of the Berlin Wall is a symbol of hope and a reminder that “with God all things are possible.”
         During this anniversary week let’s remember “the Berlin Wall” (and all that this subject means) in our prayers.  And, as we watch the TV news and see historical footage of the wall coming down or even current footage of painted plastic-foam blocks “falling like dominoes,”  let’s physically stand in memory and solidarity, remembering that with God all things are possible.
–Sue Edison-Swift, assistant director for ELCA Global Mission Support


2 Responses to 'Nov 9: Stand up for the fall'

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  1. Karen Kaufman said,

    on November 7th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    One of the vivid memories from my childhood is feeling the concern of my parents as they discussed the implications of the Berlin Wall being built. Even with prayer I doubted that the wall would come down in my lifetime; so it felt like a miracle to me when the wall did come. What was an even greater surprise was that for several months five years later I served as a Global Mission Volunteer to help in the reestablishing of a Lutheran High School in Bratislava. Yes, “with God all things are possible”.

  2. Sue Edison-Swift said,

    on November 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you for your comment, Karen! My husband, Paul, shared this related link to Religion and Ethics Weekly: