Echoes From the Campfire

If you’re afraid of love…you’re afraid of life. If you fear life, you are already mostly dead.”
–Alex Cord (A Feather in the Rain)

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan… .
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory… .
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God… .”
–President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This was a moment in history that forever changed the world. Because of this cowardly and treacherous attack social systems in the world would change, governments would change, politics would change, military strategy and tactics would change, ideologies would change, and on we could go. This date should never be forgotten, yet I fear it is becoming just a vague memory. Almost gone are those who faced the evil that threatened the world. Soon the following generation will also be gone. Will Generation X and the Millennials take time to remember or will it become, as the Civil War has become, a war to protest and tear down?
When they remember the reasons it will be too late. When they discover what it means for their forefathers to sacrifice it will be too late. Hopefully, there will never be a conflict like World War II again, but if the younger generations don’t take heed, it will be too late. I wrote in an Echo, not too long ago the following: “Maybe you and I remember why the old wars were fought; the newer generations don’t know; they haven’t studied history.” (Tom Anthony) I would add to the following, and they don’t care!
Today, I for one will–
Christmas Thought:
“And is it true? And is it true,
That most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on earth for me?”
–Sir John Betjeman

Oh the wonder of it all! The Creator came to earth to be with His creation. He came to earth to save mankind; to do so He became man. He became a child. It is too grand, too marvelous for comprehension.
God did not just decide to do this. This event was established long before creation. It wasn’t just happenstance that it took place. Evil had to be defeated and man needed to be redeemed. A palace for a stable; a throne for a manger. It is truly the “most tremendous tale of all.”
This Christmas, stop and ponder the majesty of Christmas.
What do you think? President Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel. It sure started some rumblings throughout the world. Hmmm, seems to me that it is setting the stage for those final years before the Lord comes back to reign on earth. Nations will choose sides for that great climatic battle.
It was quite a “Christmas present” for the nation of Israel.