On Nov. 9, 1989, Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.
I was fourteen, a freshman in high school, and did not fully realize the amazing history that was happening before my eyes on the television.
Yet, in my young life up to that point, I never dreamed that communism would fall. In my mind, the East Germans were these amazing athletes who dominated the 1984 Olympics, and were ready to take over the world when the Russians unleashed them.
I never dreamed that by my senior year of high school I would be close friends with an east German exchange student who attended my high school, and would visit his home in the former East Germany in 1994. His family was lovely, and the East German people were just like us Americans. They loved pizza, beer and techno music.
I never dreamed that in 2014 I would visit Berlin as a minister with some of my closest colleagues, touching the Berlin wall, and walking the streets around Brandenburg gate. We marveled at a city once divided, that was now the cultural leader of Europe.
So what is the impossible that could happen in the rest of our years?
– A united, Christian Korea?
– The emergence of a true democracy in Iran?
– A secession of one or more states in The United States of America?
So what were you doing in November of 1989 when history happened before our eyes?
2 thoughts on “25 Years Ago East Germany Fell”
My son was 14 at the time and we had always watched the news and talked about current events. I remember watching on TV as the young men stood on top of the wall with sledgehammers and pounded away at this concrete behemoth, removing not just a physical wall but also a psychological, emotional and ideological one. I believe I cried and we jumped for joy…imagine, a mom and her teen jumping for joy thousands of miles away…it was a memory I cherish.
I see the walls of socialism, the precursor to communism, building themselves block by slow block now in my country. The country served by my father, father in law, uncles and nephews. The country gifted to us by the Almighty.
I believe its time to pray this wall will never be built: that our prayers will demolish the foundation of evil attempting to conquer our land. Joshua’s faith brought down a wall so why not us? All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us…so I pray, strengthen us each day so we can conquer the invader and bring down the wall of evil.
We easily forget don’t we? Thanks for your memories, and your sobering warning.