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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Churchill and Roosevelt: A White House Christmas 70 Years Ago




Seventy years ago, Prime Minister Winston Churchill undertook a dangerous and secret journey only days before Christmas to meet with his collaborator in "a very great cause." Pearl Harbor had been attacked only weeks before, and now the two great leaders of Christian civilization were to spend three weeks planning for the war that lay ahead.

It has been said that when it is dark enough, one can see stars.  At that perilous hour, these two great leaders knew to the marrow of their bones that at its very essence they were engaged in a great spiritual battle -- a battle to save Christian civilization.  There was no concern about the "separation of church and state" in their remarks.  They were humbled by the enormity of their task and knew that without God's help "the watchman waketh but in vain."

Isaiah proclaims that “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” and the Gospel of John says “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it,”  Churchill and Roosevelt prayerfully reminded America that The Everlasting Light triumphs over time and darkness.  On Christmas morning 1941, the two great leaders went to Church together and like the humble shepherds on that night so long ago, adored the The Word made flesh, the Prince of Peace.

 
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