Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 7, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 7, 2008
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Remember Pearl Harbor
"God the Lord, is my strength; God makes my feet
like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon
Remember Pearl Harbor! How could I forget? My
beloved Grandmother's birthday was December 7.
She and my grandfather had been celebrating her
birthday at their home with a circle of new
American friends. The radio happened to be on
and one of the guests heard the horrible news
of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in
Hawai'i. The party celebrations stopped as
everyone gathered around the radio in horror
and dismay. All of the party guests were
immigrants to this new country. Many had
sons who would soon be drafted and go to war.
Some would not return. My uncle was one of
those lucky enough to come home with minimal
war wounds. He also came back from England
with a lovely bride.
I remember both the Pearl Harbor stories and
my dearly beloved Grandmother. She left a
wonderful legacy for all her grandchildren.
She taught us about life. We get sick, have
accidents, and lose people we love through
death. She encouraged us to live our dreams.
It was her own dream for a better life in
the United States of America, which gave
her the courage to leave her beloved Norway,
her family, and friends. Through her
courageous living, she showed us how to live
with strength and hope in the darkest of times.
Sooner or later, all of us will feel powerless,
faint, fatigued, and weary. Old and young,
male and female, we all become exhausted and
may be too tired to even move. Sometimes life
brings too many obstacles, difficulties, and
heartaches. There are times when we are doing
far too much, for too long, with too little rest.
Yet, my Grandmother taught me that God wants to
give us amazing strength. In adversity and
prosperity, let God be your strength.
Be my amazing strength in adversity and
prosperity, God. Help me remember that when
I feel weakest, your strength will always be
sufficient for me. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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