Blessed Be Their Memory

Dear Children of God,

Eleven of our brothers and sisters were slaughtered in a Jewish Synagogue last weekend in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Blessed be their memory among us.

On a few occasions I have had the opportunity to visit the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The last couple of times I have asked the museum staff if I can skip the full tour and go to the final room where you go just before exiting the building. My request has baffled the staff, but they have granted my wish each time. Instead of entering and going left, you proceed straight ahead and up a long set of stairs to get to the final room. Upon entering the space you see a large black stone tomb that holds the human remains of those who were slain in the holocaust. The silence in the room says more than spoken words ever could. There are benches outlining the room where one can pause to reflect and pray. For many of us this is a sacred place where God comes to be present in the midst of questions uneasily answered.

Let us pause to remember those who died in Pittsburgh while in worship:

  • Joyce Fienberg , 75
  • Richard Gottfried , 65
  • Rose Mallinger , 97
  • Jerry Rabinowitz , 66
  • Cecil Rosenthal, 59
  • David Rosenthal , 54 brother of Cecil
  • Bernice Simon , 84
  • Sylvan Simon, 86 husband of Bernice
  • Daniel Stein, 71
  • Melvin Wax, 88
  • Irving Younger ,69

Contained on the walls in the sacred room of remembrance in the holocaust museum are the following texts: Genesis 4:10, Deuteronomy 30:19, Deuteronomy 4:9

Let us find a sacred place this day to ponder, reflect, and mourn.

Prayers: For harmony and peace among all people, for those who mourn the 11, and for all who mourn the death of spiritual leaders Eugene H. Peterson and Father Thomas Keating. As we approach All Saints day this weekend, let us give thanks for the saints who have shaped our faith. For Ava Norasaeng who will be baptized this Sunday. For Brad Gauen who is having complications with his kidney transplant. For the upcoming elections. Prayers of thanksgiving that the Ileana Fundraiser for LLM (to build the Ileana School in Nicaragua) was a huge success last Saturday night. Hearts were opened to great generosity and it is now fully funded. Thanks be to God!

For the Christian, Rich Mullins said it well “Hold Me Jesus.” 


Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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