Saturday, April 28, 2012


I just finished reading " If you Want to Walk on Water You've Got to Get Out of the Boat," by John Ortberg.  The author is new to me but I want to read more of his books.
This one is based on Jesus' walking on the water in Matthew 14.

The part I want to talk about is what he writes about D-Day of WW II.
It was during my life of course but I do not dwell on it like Dean does he is almost a fanatic about WW II which is understandable.  He was a part of it.

I am going to quote Ortberg.
"One of the most powerful 30 minutes of film I have ever seen is the opening sequence of "Saving Private Ryan."  Veterans groups say it is perhaps the most realist picture ever given of the brutal suffering the Allied soldiers faced on D-Day.  An unbelievable price was paid to gain a toehold, a few feet of Omaha Beach in Normandy.  It was paid in blood."
"At the end of D-Day, in one sense not much had changed.  The vast majority of the continent of Europe was still , as it had been the day before, under the power of the swastika.  There was just this one plot of ground, a few feet of sand on an obscure stretch of beach in one lonely country that was not under the domination of the enemy.  But that one tiny stretch of land was enough."

"The truth is, by the end of that one day, everything had changed.  Now there was an opening.  It was just a tiny crack, but it would get a little larger every day.  The Allied forces would get a little stronger every day. There would still be a lot of fighting,  a lot of suffering, a lot of dying.  But now it was a matter of time."
"Until one day Paris was liberated.  Then all of France .  Nazi concentrated camps were overrun.  Prisoners were set free."

"Then came the day when Hitler destroyed himself in the bunker.  When judgment came ti the beast, which it always does.  Which it always will.
Then came V-E Day, Victory in Europe.  Then V-J Dday, Victory over Japan in the Pacific.  The soldiers could come home.  The war was over.  The enemy was defeated."

Great day,

Betty G