This Makes a Full Year
Monday last was a year since the bombing of Puuloa by the those who carried out the coup and stole the lives of people thinking that is what will give them victory.
The 7th of December is a day we probably will never forget for all times, for while the navy and the land of America were enjoying their time, the raider carried out his work which was planned ahead of time, to fly to America to the path of Puuloa, and let down messengers of destruction to cripple the condition of the military of the United States of America.
With America being secretly attacked, that served as a needle poking at the side of the Americans like a spur [kui ke-pa] being thrust into the underside of a horse.
In response to these actions by the raider and assassin, the one who stirred the coals that are burning in the hearts of true Americans, and it became something that inflamed the thoughts of Americans.
The Great Book tells us, “Repay evil with evil,” and that book also states, “Bless those who curse you.”
Because of these actions by the assassins they became a greatly hated enemy to America, and America declared war on Japan, and the result America went to war against Japan and Germany and Italy.
For this secret attack of Puuloa, a mele was composed and sung, “Remember Pearl Harbor”.
What was the reason for the composing and singing of that song?
This is the reason; branded in the hearts of every American are memories of the violence committed upon the soldiers, the sailors and the military fleet and planes. It is something that cannot be forgotten in the future. Not just for adults, but for children as well, and this will go down in American history here forth. An injury was inflicted upon the American people, and just like a sword wound upon a survivor, the scar will not go away; so too with this, there will probably never be a time when it will go away.
But the action taken by America now is to put forth voices of prayer from one side to the other of the land. Pray to give them victory so that there may be peace all over the world.
But America has not made this a holiday, and it will not become a day to rejoice, or to organize an event to remember the making of a year since its entering into the war. America took the task of asking God to give her strength and victory.
The religious congregations will commemorating this day, not by asking God to wipe out the enemy, but asking God to help our nation to gain peace.
Another thing is the “giving thanks to God for watching over and protecting us from the many evils following the 7th of December, 1941.”
Therefore, that day has passed by and we are moving on, just like the words of the man famous for his poetry, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”
It is not actual mountains that is actually thought of, but we look up to someplace higher, for it is there that is God, and from God will help come.
So too with us, “Let us us lift our eyes to Him, beseeching Him to lovingly help us, people in distress, people who have been injured because of the secret attack of the enemy.”
This day, the 7th of December, will become a day for us to remember always God, and it should give us strength to put forth prayers for our deliverance from greater disasters.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/9/1942, p. 4)