The Bell Rang 5 Times by Lacy Ngo
On the Children’s Sabbath, we learned that every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger somewhere in the world. In remembrance of these children, we stood still for 5 seconds while a bell rang 5 times. Although this was a moment meant to honor and remember these children, those 5 seconds took on another meaning for me. Standing still, for me, symbolized how I am often just “standing still” doing nothing when so many are in need. I actually felt a sense of panic during those long 5 seconds. I began thinking, “A child is dying RIGHT NOW from hunger, and I am just standing here!” Those 5 seconds helped me feel a personal connection to those children and their struggles. Thank you for a moving moment.