I can still see my father’s eyes twinkle at me as he handed me his small flight Bible that he carried with him on all 30 of his treacherous B-24 bombing missions during World War II. “It is time that you should have this,” he said. My father, Chief Master Sergeant Robert Meinhold, passed away a few years later. I am at a loss of words to describe what this Bible gift from him means to me. What is on the inside front cover of this Bible, given to Army Air Corps members during World War II, is a forward from President Franklin D. Roosevelt:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origin have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.
Roosevelt once said, “I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.” He is also, no doubt, one of our greatest leaders in history. A man, handicapped by polio, that guided our crippled nation out of the depression and then rallied the nation after Pearl Harbour by simply saying: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Warren Kozak wrote last year in the Wall Street Journal as a D-Day tribute to Roosevelt, “This was an American president unafraid to embrace God …” On D-Day, Roosevelt calmed a worried nation, by leading a prayer on national radio. “Almighty God,” Roosevelt began, “Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilisation, and to set free a suffering humanity.” (You can hear the broadcast here)Continue Reading on www.christiantoday.com