From August to November of 1991 the 87 day siege of Vukovar took place leaving nothing but ruins, hardly any building fully intact, and 100% of the inhabitants scarred by the atrocities of this war. There is still a heaviness being carried by Vukovarians.
But there is also life, a continued story. One thing I clearly recognized while in Vukovar this time is the impossibility of outsiders to come and feel, empathize, and make any sort of real impact. I see our friends Laci and Keri who moved to Vukovar almost three years ago, or our new friend Charles who moved there in 1995. By doing so they entered the story. By entering the story they have become fellow journeyers, able and willing to share burdens, meaning, and hope.
I love this picture of the flowers growing out of a partly destroyed building. Maybe it is an appropriate metaphor for many us as people, especially our friends in Vukovar. Impact, meaning, and hope are the fruits of a shared story.