The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

December 7, 2013

Pearl Harbor prayer

ENID, Okla. — I was preparing my column for today with Pearl Harbor in mind when I read David Christy’s column “The day of infamy” in Saturday’s paper. He did such an amazing job, I decided to add to his beautiful writing with a prayer I found online by Pastor Rick Powell of Fort Caroline Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. If you haven’t read David’s column [www.enidnews.com/historical lyspeaking], please, do yourself a favor and read it. Your heart will swell with pride.

A Pearl Harbor Prayer

This prayer is in memory of those who lost their lives on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, as well as the remaining survivors.

O God of our Fathers,

We guard in our hearts today the sacred memory of those who gave their lives on that day which will live in infamy. Bless us, O Lord, as we humble ourselves in Thy presence to remember our shipmates and friends who served our country so valiantly.

Let us not disgrace those who still lie in the quiet places through our indifference or forgetfulness. Rather, help us to always remember Pearl Harbor and help us to keep America alert. May we never forget that more than 2,000 of our sons, fathers, brothers, and friends were killed and more than 1,000 citizens of our land were wounded on Dec. 7, 1941. Their sacrifices were not in vain. They defended America’s freedom and demonstrated America’s goodness.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the brave men who embodied your love by making this ultimate sacrifice. You have declared “greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). May we be willing to follow their example when duty calls.

We also give thanks for those who survived the attack on our country and who went on with their lives in a way that portrayed honor to a watching world. They carried on with life even as they bore deep within them the haunting memories of what they witnessed, heard, and felt. Bless them with continued grace and mercy from your holy hand.

Guide us and direct us in all that we do. Let us live to bring glory and honor to Thee.

This we pray in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Keep the Faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.

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