A Day We Will Never Forget
Three weeks ago, David Rosenblum and I piled a bunch of teenage boys in a van and drove to Mobile Alabama. We arrived just past midnight in a driving snowstorm, a kind of snow that Mobile had not seen since 1842! The next morning we were meeting a man named Glenn Frazier a World War II Veteran, Japanese POW, and survivor of the Bataan Death March. His story is here. In addition, joining us was Katherine Phillips, sister of the famed War hero Sid Phillips. Both of their stories are well known they were central figures in the Ken Burns Documentary The War.
I’ve been writing Colonel Frazier for years and after turning 94 he invited us to come and see him in Alabama, I jumped at the chance. His only request, bring some High School kids, he loves talking to the younger generation. I now know why, for five hours we sat in his living room as he told story after story that mesmerized those young men. I honestly do not know how anyone could survive what he did but against all odds, he did. He described the effects of war and how unforgiveness took a toll on his existence. What redirected his life purpose was by placing his faith in Jesus Christ giving him the ability to forgive. It was 30 years after the war he realized that Christ had always been with him even during the worst moments of his life. Nobody could have survived what he did without God’s divine presence. As he hugged these boys and gave counsel, several had tears in their eyes. On the way home, one told me, “Today was one of the greatest days of my life.” It’s hard to put into words what each of us experienced other than it felt sacred. What the Psalmist says in true.
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4