Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)

Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
“Is life under the sun not just a dream?”
“Als das Kind Kind war,
war es die Zeit der folgenden Fragen:
Warum bin ich ich und warum nicht du?
Warum bin ich hier und warum nicht dort?
Wann begann die Zeit und wo endet der Raum?
Ist das Leben unter der Sonne nicht bloß ein Traum?
Ist was ich sehe und höre und rieche
nicht bloß der Schein einer Welt vor der Welt?”
Shot from the top of Berliner Dom using a 1984 Minolta with Kodak Ektar 100. Shooting NE over the River Spree. Sept 2020

“When the child was a child,
It was the time for these questions:
Why am I me, and why not you?
Why am I here, and why not there?
When did time begin, and where does space end?
Is life under the sun not just a dream?
Is what I see and hear and smell
not just the reflection of a world before the world?”

Angels Unawares: Berlin

Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Angels Unawares: Berlin
Don Michael Hudson, PhD

Dr. Martin Luther King at Sophienkirche Berlin, Sept. 13, 1964

Dr. Martin Luther King at Sophienkirche Berlin, Sept. 13, 1964
Christina and I were walking in Berlin Mitte early Sunday morning on our way to tour the underground in East Berlin. We were wandering the streets looking for a good cappuccino and German pastry. We stumbled upon this church–Sophienkirche. The front is bullet-riddled–I think–and it has stood for centuries. The church is German Evangelical and stood during the years of Soviet-Communist rule and remained holding worship services. Then we saw the poster that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had preached here and held lectures. MLK insisted on speaking to the Christians living in East Berlin, GDR, Sept. 13, 1964. Everything about his visit was communicated by word-of-mouth. So here was a Christian minister hated and slandered by multitudes of American Christians speaking to Christians persecuted and oppressed by the Stasi and the GDR. The church is next door to the oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin, and across the street is an Islamic center.
 
“Martin Luther King was the first preacher and civil rights activist who came to the GDR.”
 
His message?
 
“No man-made barrier can erase the fact that God’s children live on both sides of the Wall.”
 
“Where people break down the walls of hostility that separate them from their brethren, there it is that Christ completes his ministry of reconciliation.”
 
May all walls come down.
But beware if you tell the truth to a world full of people hating the other(s).

 

Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin
Sophienkirche Berlin
Jewish Cemetery Berlin