It became known as a “conspiracy of goodness.” During the horrors of The Holocaust a small French mountain village, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, was the “safest place in Europe for Jews.”
The entire Huguenot town -- at great risk to every resident -- sheltered over 5,000 Jews. Every home hid strangers, not for days, but for years. Not a single Jew seeking refuge was ever turned away or betrayed.
It all started one cold, dark evening during the winter of 1940 with a knock at the door of Andre Trocmé. “Could I come in?” The decimated Jewish lady feared for her life. “Certainly,” replied Trocmé.
With that one simple act of kindness, a beacon of hope was lit for thousands upon thousands of people throughout France and Europe. Trocmé later explained: “We didn't protect the Jews because we were moral or heroic people. We helped them because they were humans created in God’s image.” The people of Le Chambon became a haven for human life at the risk of their own lives.
They hid the Jews in every home. Every home took in refugees. When Nazi patrols came searching, the villagers hid the Jews in the forested mountainside. One villager later recalled: "As soon as the soldiers left, we would go into the forest and sing a song. When they heard that song, the Jews knew it was safe to come home."
Do you think it is possible for a simple act of kindness to be a beacon of hope lit for thousands upon thousands of people today? If so, what would that look like? What is the difference between the motivation for helping people being “it’s the right thing to do” and “all humans are created in God’s image”? What song could Nashville sing now that would mean it was safe to come home?