Meditating on Hope: December 7

By Becky Ahlberg

Monday, December 7

It’s Pearl Harbor Day—“A date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin Roosevelt so memorably said.

On December 7, 1941, America’s naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. When the smoke cleared, 2,403 Americans had been killed and 1,178 were injured.

Christmas 1941 came barely two weeks after that attack. Families tried to go about their celebrations in the usual ways, but the worry over war and the unsettled affairs all over the world clouded the usual lighthearted and warm celebrations. American families were already mourning the loss of soldiers in Europe, and now how many more lives would be lost?

Just three days before Christmas, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill surprised President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a trip to Washington, D.C., where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. In this most remarkable moment, and in the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree, many found a way to hope again.

Do you need some renewed hope this year? Maybe you’re looking for something too big and dramatic. Try looking at the small things that can light up your life and rekindle a sense of purpose and hope as you serve others. Ask God to give you the eyes to see hope this Christmas.

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