Because of the Attack on Pearl Harbor


When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States was forced into war. Lives were lost that December 7th day, 1941. Many more lives were lost in the succeeding years as the American soldiers fought in Europe and the Pacific. The texture of society was drastically changed. Certain commodities were rationed. Discarded items were gathered to be reused for the military cause. Families were broken with hundreds of soldiers to never return to their loved ones. Women found themselves working in factories instead of at home. Some children lied about their age so that they could be in uniform. In the process of time, Pres. Roosevelt died, and Harry Truman took his place. Not only were the lives of citizens in America drastically changed, but so were they around the world including Japan. The demonic atrocities of Hitler were suppressed after six million Jews were slaughtered. The Pacific war ended after Truman ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan.

Consider how many dreams were unfulfilled on that December day and years later.  Children grew up without fathers. Fathers never got a chance to keep promises to their families. Promises to return home from the war scene were not kept. Those that did survive returned home without limbs and in a state of perpetual trauma. Crimes are committed because of the trauma. Divorces occurred at a point of no alternative. Many women remained in the workforce working in factories without resuming their previous position of maternal leadership.  It took four years of American blood to be shed until the horrors were ended.

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor would reportedly write in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” That resolve solidified America that changed societies all around the world never to find a cure for a return to the way things used to be. Turmoil in one way or the other claimed everyone. There are many lessons to learn even after all these years.

We never know when our dreams will be unfulfilled. We never know when our plans would evaporate suddenly. We never know when someone will become missing forever. We never know when that single bullet has somebody’s name on it. We never know when life could not be repaired. We never know when a loved one’s heart would be left empty.

On an individual scale this happens every day. People by the thousands suddenly find themselves in eternity unexpectedly. For them there is no redo. For them the regrets are left behind. The hole in the family remains empty forever.

There is a consolation. There is a positive thought. There is a comfort from heaven. When a person in their lifetime had already accepted Christ as their Savior, that said trip beyond death becomes a doorway to their eternal bliss. All of the pain seems so unnecessary and even cruel. However, loved ones left behind can be consoled that death is not the end. It becomes a new entrance. Every one of us will someday face that crossing point. There is hope because of the cross. There is comfort to the grieving from the Holy Spirit. This is the reason Jesus died so that we fear not death. Christ took away its sting. What each of us have as dreams will be replaced by heavenly reality. Jesus forged the path ahead for each of us as we leave those earthly dreams behind. Since life is so uncontrollable, the one sure factor is the love of Jesus who stepped in our place to give us the promise of resurrection and heaven. The only wise thing to do on this side of eternity is to ask him to be our Lord and Savior so that whatever happens in this life has a better ending.

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