Thoughts on December 6th, and 7th.

Before 10:00 a.m. on the morning of December 6th of this year 2014, I called a cowboy friend of mine who lives in Texas and wished him a happy birthday. He was born on Dec. 6th 1941, a day before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. So that this good man is not overwhelmed with a flood of phone calls, I’ll not mention his name. I do know that “Cowboy” is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. That’s a conflict I had a part in – a very small part to be sure. But this is about the willingness to shed the blood, to experience the pain – for a greater purpose.

This thought reminded me of a quote that reads: “Only two forces have ever offered to die for you. 1. Jesus Christ, 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.” British Prime Minister Tony Blair was credited with saying that in a speech, but according to Snopes.com, he didn’t say that. It came from an unknown internet forwarder who penned it. Nonetheless, I appreciated what seemed to me that morning of December 6th to indicate somewhat of a parallel. This is not a religious blog per se’ but my thoughts of the time are explained in the paragraphs to follow.

At 6:00 p.m. of the same day December 6th 2014 I attended a dedication ceremony of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness at the Leslie Hale teaching ministry in Tarpon Springs, Florida. More on that in a minute or so. It was the eve of Pearl Harbor Day.

I arrived at 7:55 in the morning of December 7th, 2014 to a special 8:00 service in a little White Chapel in Palm Harbor, Florida. It was the Remembrance Day service for the events which began at 7:55 in the morning of December 7th, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The special service included patriotic music, the presentation of the flag that flew over the USS Arizona, a wreath ceremony to honor veterans, and prayers for the veterans who served whether they died or lived through that action and the other actions involving the U.S. Military. Guest speakers included retired Major General Karl Horst, Chief of Staff U.S. Central Command.

At 10:00 that same morning in this year 2014 I went to a service in Tarpon Springs, Florida that was the official opening to the public of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. The Tabernacle, under roof, and all that had been in the original, was built to the exact measurements as provided in the Bible. Prior to 3:00 p.m. in the same afternoon I took a tour through the Tabernacle that included a look inside the Holy of Holies and to the Mercy Seat between the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant. It was and is the place for atonement, and blood.

The attack on Pearl Harbor ended prior to 10:00 a.m. of Dec. 7th 1941. Considering a time difference of 5 hours, my tour in the Tabernacle to see inside the Holy of Holies would have been about the same time just 73 years removed. And what’s the point? America shed blood on that day the 7th of December, 1941. America has shed blood in all the wars of which we were a part. Why? In a word: Freedom; America shed blood, and saved the country in WWII. So what is the connection here with the blood and the atonement? It’s in the “Pain and Purpose.” It is the pain in the shedding of blood by the American Military in battle; it is the pain in shedding blood by Jesus on the cross. It is the purpose of victory and life in Freedom; and Salvation. These were some of my thoughts on the days mentioned. They still are.

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