It was deeply moving to me to stand last week with my granddaughters above the wreckage of the Arizona where over 1,100 sailors and marines lie entombed. One thought from the video will haunt me. Those men had no war stories. They went from peace to eternity in the flash of one bomb, a bomb they may not have even heard.
Kathi’s family and mine do have stories from that war. My brothers survived a Japanese POW camp. AW celebrates his birthday on December 7th and Cecil turned 75 this year. Their birthdays continually remind us of that infamous day. Our generation cannot forget.
But what do my grandchildren feel?
Much of this war-torn world yearns for peace today but only a small percentage of our blessed nation has seen fighting. Can we pass along a heart-felt passion for peace to a new generation? Just asking….
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.” (Longfellow)
Even so come, Lord Jesus,
Larry and Kathi