Yesterday I wrote about Patricia Polacco’s The Butterfly. On her website Polacco also states, “We need to keep telling these stories… hopefully we wont repeat our mistakes.“
It has been 65 years since World War II ended. It has only been 15 years since the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building. I found an article on a KOTV’s news website that talked about how the bombing has not been part of the objectives for Oklahoma history so it has not been taught or has been taught very little. How sad that we have allowed the victims to be forgotten. Recently, the objectives have been amended and the Oklahoma City bombing will be included in the 2010-2011 school year. May our students continue to be educated about the impact of violence. I pray they will take the lessons to heart.
My family has been to the memorial, but M & L were very young. We walked around the perimeter and looked at the memorial items in the fence. I’d like to go again this summer. I think they’ll understand more than I give them credit. The purpose of our visit won’t be to focus on the violence or to spoil the innocence of childhood. They know there are bad things that happen. I want them to understand that bad things happen because we live in a fallen world and that we have hope because of our Savior.
So, while it is important to keep telling these stories so we won’t repeat our mistakes, it’s also important to remember hope, remember what God has done.
Specifically, we celebrate Easter and we remember Christ and the empty tomb. In communion, we remember the night Christ was betrayed and the last meal He shared with His disciples. In the Old Testament, Joshua had the men of Israel set up memorial stones so they could tell their children what the Lord had done (Joshua 4:2-9). In our home we talk about where we were when we told our children we were moving from New Mexico to Texas and we remember how God took care of us – even telling our oldest son, M. the day of the week we would move. We remember other ways God has blessed us and we remember through pictures. Are there events your family remembers? Something you should remember? I hope you remember to the glory of our risen Lord!