Sonrise … Sunset
On Wednesday, Rick and Dafna return to Poland for several weeks. It is probably true that Rick is more often in Poland these days than being at home in Arad. And this is not surprising. He has to be there in Poland to oversee the continuing building project. So many decisions have to be made on the spot. The building in Brzezinka (Birkenau) is perhaps 70 to 80 % complete. At the top of the building, a small apartment is taking shape and it is here where Rick and Dafna stay. And it is not just the building that is nearing completion; the work of recreating “The Fountain of Tears” is moving ahead at pace.
During Rick’s most recent visit, he began the construction of the Crucifixion panels. I am reminded of the words of Jesus, recorded in John chapter 12, verse 32-33.
But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
For those familiar with the Fountain of Tears in Arad, you will notice that the color of the panels is different. In Birkenau the color is grey – a representation of ash. Grey is the color of Birkenau and it is the color of the ash that covered this ground. By the end of the Shoah, the crematoria were operating 24/7. But the Lord has made a promise in Isaiah chapter 61.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me because the LORD has anointed me … to provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes …
Much of this work is being done with the help of many volunteers who have freely given their time. Here are some dear friends from Germany.
This help has been greatly appreciated by Rick who sets an incredible example – working from early morning to very late in the day. Well after sunset.
The Psalmist says:
My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. Psalm 102: 11-13.
Swiftly flow the days
Words adapted from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”
music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
June 20, 2016 Updates