Pearl Harbor Day

7 12 2014

As a young sailor, I was stationed at an ammunition depot across the Lock from Pearl Harbor. On that base I had access to the mountain pass that the Japanese came through as they mounted the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. At that time there was a large cross erected marking the spot. One could see the open Pacific Ocean on one side and Pearl Harbor on the other. Many times I stood there and put myself in the shoes of those who experienced the horror of that lazy Sunday morning.

I visited the Arizona Memorial on several occasions and felt awe in realizing that it was the final resting place of 1,102 of the 2,402 who lost their lives on that day of infamy. One could still see oil leaking from the sunken ship into the harbor as if it were weeping for those entombed in its hull.

On this Pearl Harbor Day, I recognize the challenge of evil on that day and the generation who stood up against it. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Benediction for Pearl Harbor Day

Eternal Father,

As we close this service of remembrance, let us have an overwhelming sense of Your favor upon this land. With the conviction of faith, help us to see that Your mercy is still available to those who call upon You.

God, bless our nation, keep us safe in 2013, deliver us from evil. Bless our President and Commander-in-Chief with wisdom to lead, strength to persevere, and readiness to seek your face. Guard and guide those who protect our nation: our Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Shower our World War 2 vets with assurance of your presence as they face their final battle, let them find peace through Your amazing grace. Now Lord, bless us and keep us, make your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us .Lord, Lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. In Jesus Name,

Amen

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