The Fall of the Wall


Today is November 9, 2018. The 29th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Fall of the Wall signaled an end to the Cold War and a victory for the long, nonviolent resistance to communism in Eastern Europe. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to November 9, 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it on November 9, 1989.

Separateness and independence are values of our western culture, but they are not gospel values. Remember the story in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2 where Mary and Joseph lose track of Jesus during the Passover festival. You may wonder how you lose track of your kid for a couple of days, especially when your kid is the Messiah.

Well they were part of a village, a community traveling together and probably thought Jesus was with family and friends. Scripture teaches us to value interdependence, community and inclusion more than separateness and independence. Yes it is countercultural but then Jesus had radical love for all.

Lord Jesus, help us to love the other, the stranger with your love.

Mark Autterson, with help from the book Common Prayer, A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.

Photo credit: By Skäpperöd [CC BY-SA 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons.

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