An infamous day
Today we remember those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Seventy five years ago our peace was shattered by an unprovoked attack on our country by the Japanese. We were in shock and the British were quietly happy. Winston Churchill was said to have remarked that after the attack it was the best night's sleep he had had in years. America would now enter the war and peace would eventually be restored. The long nightmare of tyranny and the pursuit of world domination would cease.
I remember visiting the memorial in Pearl Harbor and watching in horror the movie of that day. The closing words of the film ''How shall we remember them, those who died? Mourn the dead. Remember the battle. Understand the tragedy. Honor the memory'' brought tears to my eyes. Believe me I am not one to be overwhelmed by sentimentality but those words hit a nerve. Standing in a tropical paradise on a warm, sunny day in the hush of the memorial one could not helped but me moved by what was beneath our feet. The harbor still weeps. Drops of oil from the sunken Arizona rise to the harbor's surface bearing witness to that horrible day.
Today we mourn yet give thanks for those brave men and women who served our country. The number of veterans left to tell the story has become a mere handful and now more than ever the narrator's words become more urgent to understand the tragedy so as not to have it happen again.
Before we are bombarded with football, food and commercials for Black Friday sales let's pause to remember all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us. We have family or have made our own families from friends and neighbors. We are free to worship our faith. We are thankful for living in a country where we can voice our opinions and disagree agreeably with one another. We are free to pursue our dreams knowing that the limits are those we place upon ourselves.
We also understand that there are those in our country who suffer from poverty, sickness, broken families and broken lives. As people of faith, we reach out to them and extend the hand of hope and friendship that others cannot or will not extend. We welcome everyone into our church and hope they too find solace, challenge and friendship at St. Thomas. Draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side. Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still. Let this be our song; no one stands alone. Is the hymn and this the belief indeed the very core of who we are as people of faith and believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As we turn our faces to Advent let our hearts and minds remember that we draw the circle wide in Bath, NC-come join us!
Presiding Bishop's Video
I watched and listened with great interest to our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's address to Episcopalians. I was once again inspired by his words. I personally find PB Curry to be a source of wisdom and grace. His excitement about the Church and being a follower of Jesus is often thought provoking and uplifting. I feel like a better person for just listening to him and I want to be a better Christian because of him. Below is the link to his message. Listen and enjoy.