Today is the 78th anniversary of an enemy attack on Americans stationed at Pearl Harbor. And, today, is the one day anniversary of an enemy attack on Americans stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola – the place I worked for over 30 years. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that those attacks are the same at all. One was the decision of the leaders of a nation, taking the lives of more than 2400 people; the other was the decision of one or more individuals, taking the lives of 3 people.
These two incidents, 78 years apart were attacks made without warning and without provocation. Both attacks intended to strike the heart of America and Americans. And, both attacks were made as we Americans prepare for the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
As I reflect on these events, it is clear to me that we must push harder than ever to prepare for what the world may bring to our door. We need to put a shield of protection around the hearts and minds of the young and innocent. We must pull our families tighter around us, gathering together against a world that preys on our fears. We must fortify our resolve to stay close to God and to dive deep into His word.
These are challenging times. Hold on tightly to God; hold on tightly to those you love. You will never go wrong when your focus is on the things of God.
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
“God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.” (Psalm 46:1-3)