Isaiah 51 - Closing for Otto Klassen Film - Remembering Russia
1 "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry
from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
1Höret mir zu,
die ihr der Gerechtigkeit nachjagt,
die ihr den HERRN sucht:
Schauet den Fels an,
von dem ihr gehauen seid,
und des Brunnens Gruft,
daraus ihr gegraben seid.
2Schauet Abraham an, euren Vater,
und Sara, von welcher
ihr geboren seid.
We have been invited this evening
through the latest film of Otto Klassen
to reflect on our identity
and our heritage…
just as the people of Israel were invited
by the prophet Isaiah
to stop and contemplate
a part of their history
and their heritage.
It is absolutely essencial for a society…
to stop from time to time
in their journey through History,
and to think about the flow of events
as they unfold…
and the impact that history has
on the present
and also on the future.
This film is a tremendous gift
to the Mennonite Community.
It documents events that have taken place…
Events from an era
in our people’s history
that could be described
as one of the darker periods
of our history.
These are the stories
that few people are privileged to hear
during visits to the seniors
in our communities.
Otto Klassen has always had an interest
in documenting historical events.
He is a historian and Film-maker.
But more than that,
I am convinced
that he has had a calling from God
to help future generations
remember their history
and their heritage…
God has inspired him with the task
to bring the story home to us…
and to point to the rock
from which we were cut.
As a Mennonite community
we are indebted to brother Klassen,
who has blessed us
with the gift of remembering,
and telling the story,
so that future generations
will not forget
God’s faithfulness to His people.
May God bless us in remembering…
May we honor Him
as we also
entrust our future into His hands.