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Dec 07
2016
Mary Marr

Lesson from Pearl Harbor – Be Ready! (2)

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the U.S. Naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941. Not unlike today when we are aware we live in perilous times, people are scurrying around preparing for Christmas, just as they were on that day when 2400 or more U.S. citizens perished without notice. Even though we know years later those in harm’s way had not been notified in time, some were ready, with or without notice.  

During the heat of battle as the infamous U.S.S. Arizona was sinking in the narrow harbor only one heavy cruise ship the Phoenix escaped out to sea. Why? Because the crew was ready! I know this because my uncle served on the U.S.S. Phoenix that day and told us stories of the incessant bombing, of fires everywhere, and of the young sailors who had to be tossed overboard in the hope of their surviving in the water. But he also told us how he and his crew were ready.  Despite being a peaceful Sunday, it seemed to others, they were on guard. They were prepared, and they acted decisively and swiftly to avoid disaster.

 

Dec 07
2016
Mary Marr

Lesson from Pearl Harbor – Be Ready!

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the U.S. Naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941. Not unlike today when we are aware we live in perilous times, people are scurrying around preparing for Christmas, just as they were on that day when 2400 or more U.S. citizens perished without notice. Even though we know years later those in harm’s way had not been notified in time, some were ready, with or without notice.  

During the heat of battle as the infamous U.S.S. Arizona was sinking in the narrow harbor only one heavy cruise ship the Phoenix escaped out to sea. Why? Because the crew was ready! I know this because my uncle served on the U.S.S. Phoenix that day and told us stories of the incessant bombing, of fires everywhere, and of the young sailors who had to be tossed overboard in the hope of their surviving in the water. But he also told us how he and his crew were ready.  Despite being a peaceful Sunday, it seemed to others, they were on guard. They were prepared, and they acted decisively and swiftly to avoid disaster.

 

Dec 07
2016
Mary Marr

Lesson from Pearl Harbor – Be Ready!

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the U.S. Naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941. Not unlike today when we are aware we live in perilous times, people are scurrying around preparing for Christmas, just as they were on that day when 2400 or more U.S. citizens perished without notice. Even though we know years later those in harm’s way had not been notified in time, some were ready, with or without notice.  

During the heat of battle as the infamous U.S.S. Arizona was sinking in the narrow harbor only one heavy cruise ship the Phoenix escaped out to sea. Why? Because the crew was ready! I know this because my uncle served on the U.S.S. Phoenix that day and told us stories of the incessant bombing, of fires everywhere, and of the young sailors who had to be tossed overboard in the hope of their surviving in the water. But he also told us how he and his crew were ready.  Despite being a peaceful Sunday, it seemed to others, they were on guard. They were prepared, and they acted decisively and swiftly to avoid disaster.

Nov 29
2015
Steve Marr

Is Preparedness A Lack Of Faith?

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I was talking with “Molly” about the wisdom of being prepared for possible future disasters.  During our conversation I stressed the importance of being ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Part of the being physically ready is having a full pantry of supplies, not just for your family but also surplus to share with others in the event of an emergency. 

Molly preceded to read me the riot act on how I was not trusting God to take care of me, my family and other Christians. I was chastised for not believing God would provide.

After listening for a while I asked, “Do you recall when Jesus said, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” (Matthew 6:26) “Of course”, she replied, a bit annoyed, “this is exactly my point. God will take care of us. You have just proved my point.” I asked if she ever watched birds - how they fly scooping up bugs, looking for seeds and other crawling stuff to eat. Eagles and hawks look for fish, small animals and birds to eat.  When they spot something they chase hard after the meal. I believe part of the illustration for us is birds don’t just sit on a branch waiting for food to be presented to them. They are active all the time. Yes, the Lord takes care of them, but only after “hard work”.

Aug 27
2015
Steve Marr

Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

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As hundreds of wildfires burn throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho smoke is creating poor health conditions for many.  We can take a few steps to minimize our health risk.

Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hangs over the town of Leavenworth ...

Folks with with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, heart and lung disease or with a history of stroke should especially stay indoors. Pregnant women, infants and children should also stay indoors. If you start struggling to breath, get medical assistance immediately.

Aug 22
2015
Steve Marr

Volunteering Before A Crisis

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Most people focus on personal, or family preparation to be ready in the event of an emergency.  The Christian Emergency Network encourages advance preparation not just for yourself, but to help others.  One step you should consider is volunteering in advance of an emergency to build a good networking group and learn key skills.

For example, if you volunteer as a firefighter you will learn how to keep firers under control, learn basic first aid and build relationships with others committed to helping others.