Put yourself back in time, even if you are too young to have been alive in 1941 and think about what you are doing with your life right now in 2014. If you celebrate Christmas you are thinking ahead to that day when family and friends will gather together. Meal preparation, cards to write, shopping to do, invitations to send to loved ones, planning, getting the tree, going to parades and other functions. As you are thinking, think about how you are feeling. You hopefully have a warm and loving sense about the wonderful Christmas coming and those that you have experienced in the past. The laughter, singing of carols, listening to Christmas music. Much nostalgia about the past and much anticipation of the future while in the present fulfilling all that needs to be done. Got the picture?
December 7, 1941 and the sound of planes, not our planes, growing ever closer to the base at Pearl Harbor. And then the attack which was played out well in the movie Pearl Harbor.
As you reflect on this day in history and how you are feeling in the present, remember to contrast how the world was shattered for so many and how all the “normal” things of life suddenly were obliterated as our nation was plunged into war. For many years to follow Christmas would never be the same as our men and women went off to fight and possibly die to protect the freedom we still possess because of their sacrifice.
May we consider our freedom during this Christmas time and send a prayer up to our God thanking Him for the blessings of that freedom that we have because of those who fought to preserve it. God bless you and God bless America. God bless our troops who are still preserving our freedom by sacrificing in service to our country.