Peace on Earth
The weekend of December 7, 1941, started out to be another routine weekend. The aircraft carriers were at dockside and the crews were enjoying the day with rest and relaxation. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful. This was a perfect picture of peace, but something soon would happen to change that peaceful scene.
Within a couple of hours, 3077 men would be killed or missing in action. The United States would lose 8 huge battleships. Six major airfields would be destroyed along with most of the aircraft.
At 7:00 a.m. on that December 7 Sunday morning there were 360 Japanese warplanes 137 miles or about 50 minutes away from Pearl Harbor. These planes were picked up on radar by two US soldiers at a small radar station in the Pacific Ocean.
At first, the two soldiers noted a few dots on their radar screen and then the entire screen was filled with dots. The soldiers notified their young lieutenant supervisor because there were no other officers around.
The young lieutenant responded with these words: “Don’t worry about it” because these are probably planes from a California base. A grave mistake was made and soon peace would be turned into a disaster.
If the lieutenant had made the right decision, there would have been time to scramble all the US planes, prepare the huge warships and provide shelter for the men.
Still today people desire peace on earth, but peace doesn’t just happen by not worrying about it. We must plan and prepare for it, do what we’re able to pave the way for peace in our lives.