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Apr 25, 2024 | Hope

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

 

I am late with The Blog today. Life has been busy here, what about with you?

Yesterday, some of the senior members of my church enjoyed a trip to The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton! Since my husband is a senior, I went along with great interest.

As we walked onto the huge display floor, it was like we were being transported into a different era.

Our tour guide, an elderly gentleman, was passionate about the topic of World War 2. His willingness to share his knowledge about the many warplanes of that era was exceptional. He was a giving volunteer.

We got to see the Lancaster Bomber that sat on a pedestal outside of Goderich ON all during my childhood! Every summer our dad took us through the bomber! He told us long but interesting stories about World War 11 while driving to and from the exhibit, any chance he could! We always teased Dad he was talking too long, but secretly we were very interested in everything he taught us.

So when this gentleman told us about each different aircraft, and that so many pilots died so young serving in World War 11, we listened and engaged fully in his stories.

Our tour guide told us about the RCAF trying to deliver Harvard and Hudson aircraft when war was declared on September 10, 1939. USA Neutrality Laws forbade the shipment of planes/arms to countries involved in the war. The RCAF personnel, with the help of supportive American authorities, took steps to have the airplanes shipped, regardless of neutrality laws.

At night, horses pulled the 400 aircraft over the US border and into Canada. From there they flew to countries in Europe that needed desperate help against the German invasion.

What an amazing story, one amongst so many!

We can be thankful for these men of courage who took action for oir freedom. How sad they would be if they knew the state of affairs in Canada and USA today.

With protestors supporting the cause of terrorists across Canada and USA and the world. The blind leading the blind. Lack of courage, lack of convictions, and lack of morals pave the way to futility and nothingness today. I refuse to dwell on it too much.

Think of the fallen lying in gravesites and fields around the world who gave up their lives for our freedom. Where is the gumption of people such as those who served so graciously in World War 11?

Let us reflect on the lines of this poem posted at the Warplane Museum and written by a young man grown up too soon…

“Some that have left other mouths to tell the story,

Of high blue battle—quite young limbs that bled,

How they thundered up the clouds to glory

Or fallen to an English field, stained red.”

**Per Ardua, unfinished poem by

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee,

killed, age 19, Dec. 11, 1941.

Per ardua is a Latin phrase meaning “through adversity to the stars.” It was the official motto

of the Royal Canadian Air Force and other Commonwealth air forces.

The other group of participants attending heard about “Operation Manna” from their guide.

In April 1945, the Canadian Army had liberated much of Holland.

There were 3.5 million Dutch citizens in need of food, as they had been starving after four years of war.

There was still part of Holland under the control of the Germans.

So Bombers flew overhead, more that 300 Lancasters, dropping food and supplies at the risk of their own lives.

Certain drop zones delegated and 3100 flights made during “Operation Manna.”

These are only a few stories of courage, valour, and honour during WW2.

And so I pick this verse to conclude as I think of those soldiers who died for us, sacrificed for us, gave their all for us…

And I hope they had hope in Jesus.

 

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

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