One thing that you have to give credit to Christianity is that it gave us some great organ music and some wonderful organs were built to play them. But via a reader, I learned of a historic church organ in our region that was destroyed by fire. The reader has a personal connection to the organ that increases his sense of loss, because his father was one of the people who was instrumental in getting the organ installed. He adds:
I last heard it played a couple years ago, when I visited Lorain for the memorial service for my parents. I can’t tell you how sad it is to know it’s gone forever. In a way, I’m glad my folks aren’t alive to see this tragedy.
I can understand his feeling. My own father was instrumental in raising funds to build a wonderful public library in the north of Sri Lanka where most Tamils in Sri Lanka live, while he was working there. During the civil war, the Sri Lankan government soldiers set fire to the building, destroying valuable archival Tamil documents in the process, as part of their efforts to spite Tamils by destroying their public facilities and the symbols of their heritage and culture. I too was glad that my father had died by then so that he did not see his labor of love being deliberately destroyed by barbarians who had no respect for knowledge and history.