Broken Glass~~Broken People

Photo credit~~Effie-Alean

Photo credit~~Effie-Alean

During  research for my latest novel, Empty Frames, I found a story about Jewish children in an orphanage on the “Night of Broken Glass,” November 9, 1938.  In Germany and throughout Europe, it looked and sounded more like a bad dream than reality. Children were awakened to the sound of sirens and watched homes of Jewish residents being burned to the ground. All the while, firefighters were instructed to standby, let them burn. However, if a fire got too close to a non-Jewish person’s home, they were to protect it; put the fire out immediately.

The streets were filled with hatred. Windows of shops baring the “Jude” Star-of-David symbol were being smashed for no good reason…the owners were Jewish. Broken glass covered sidewalks and streets. I wonder about the people who suffered with broken hearts. Bigotry is plain evil. People are more fragile than glass.

Though the Jewish people suffered great physical and material loss during Kristallnacht, many survived to share their stories with generations coming after them. From history, society can learn lessons to prevent such acts from ever being repeated.

We can remember the “Night of Broken Glass” as a memorial and as a warning.

When a group or class of people are labeled, “undesirable,” they are targets for hatred and bigotry. Today, among others,  isolated groups include: “Tea Party,” “Christians,” and “Conservatives.” A bully mainstream media and Hollywood, in general, might look deeper before condemning upright people with core American and biblical values.

Broken glass in Europe nearly 75 years ago can teach lessons in understanding for today’s world population. Glass can be replaced…people can’t. Broken glass is often made into beautiful mosaics by talented artists. Yet, the only way that broken people can be wholly restored is through God’s perfect Son.

Messiah Jesus is a bright glimmer of hope for broken people in a broken world.

“Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:28-31). This is the second greatest Commandment. Read the above reference and answer: What do you think about the number one, absolute  greatest Commandment expressed by the perfect Rabbi? How will you respond?

Note: Work in progress, Empty Frames is a contemporary romance involving Nazi-era (1933-1945) stolen art and restitution.

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19 Responses to Broken Glass~~Broken People

  1. Floyd says:

    Following that commandment is the beginning of wisdom. True love starts with the love of our Maker. If we don’t love Him how on earth can we have a real love for anyone else? The ones that love themselves more live the most miserable lives I can think of. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Floyd,
      Thanks for your faithfulness in commenting on my posts. You certainly have learned wisdom through God’s Word. I agree about those who love themselves. They don’t know what they are missing. Blessings, Floyd.

  2. audrakrell says:

    I loved hearing about your latest book, Empty Frames. Been praying for your first one, now I’ll add this one. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Audra, As you know, we writers can live so many different lives through our characters. The other day, I started to pray for one of my characters…then I knew she was REAL. Blessings to you in your writing, too. I do follow you through FB. Keep up the good work!

  3. rickd3352013 says:

    Effie, I only have one problem here – you don’t post often enough 🙂

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  6. I loved reading “The Hiding Place” to my daughter when she was ill. Then came the movies Schindler’s list and others to remind us that things like this can really happen. Blessings as you write your novel. I found you at Rick’s Saturday list.
    http://www.plannedpeasanthood.com/2013/07/saturday-shortcuts-8/

  7. Betty Draper says:

    Yes we are so like broken glass and put in our masters hands He will make something beautiful from our brokenness. I will never see an empty frame now without the thoughts your post gave my heart. Good writing, look forward to your book.

  8. Carole Egler says:

    Oh Effie,
    I must say you have done it again and i am so happy about your new book .(I have a gut feeling that it is so timely that it will fly off the shelves -both literally and figuratively!) we must talk . . and have lunch before you get caught up again. This latest post says so much, and with gentle power.
    well, you must know that your love of history during the wwII days is -to me – a marker that you will be showing the way for a lot of us. Before I loose this for the third time, I will sign off , wishing God’s blessings on you and your book with wings!

  9. Deborah Hamel says:

    Your work seems to be getting better by the project, and it was good to begin with…I look forward to reading your new novel, “Empty Frames.” “Empty Frames” seems like an ironic title for such an enlightening story of fiction, yet not so fictional, if it is anything like the last work. I know you will fill the frames with emotion, history and hope. Keep up the good work.

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