Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Releasing blessing into bad history
Lutheran Pastor Darius in the hall named after his great-great-great-grandfather and with the image of his great-great-grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and King of Prussia
…Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
FOR all of us the Great War is a distant event of two or three generations past, and for many of us the German Kaiser a distant and slightly comical figure — an image from cartoons and poster art of the time.
However HTB LC14 attenders were reminded that the Kaiser had a name, and a faith, and descendants. Interviewed in the Royal Albert Hall was a German Lutheran pastor, Darius, after whose great-great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the famous venue was named. Darius spoke movingly of his great-great-grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm, who he said was a Christian who did not want war, but was unable to stand up to the demands of the generals and politicians of the time in a darkening mood that polarised Europe at the time.
Pastor Darius said: “Maybe if he had had known the power of the Holy Spirit in his life, he would have been more able to stand up for what he believed.”
In a poignant moment where he was moved to tears as the Albert Hall crowd broke into spontaneous applause, Darius quietly and haltingly asked forgiveness on behalf of his forebears.
And a shadow that had been over Germany and England shifted.