7 December 1941 / 2013

762px USS California sinking Pearl Harbor


Today is the day that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said would live on in infamy. At 7:48 a.m. local time the Japanese Navy attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. So many people died or were wounded. We, the Americans, entered a war that would culminate in the unleashing of atomic warfare on the people of Japan. 

Today in some quarters the sabers will rattle and the invective will fly. There is no place for such hostility in this day and age. It is a time to remember and mourn the dead. It is also a time to forge a new way of being in the world. 

I don’t want to get caught up in quoting a lot of scripture or engaging in proof texting. What does shaking our collective fists at each other yield in the long run? More fists followed by bullets and bombs is what we get. 

So today I pray for the dead on all sides of the war. I will take a page from Nelson Mandela’s book and seek reconciliation with those who have harmed me or have been harmed by me.