Survivor Edgar Harrell tells the story of the USS Indianapolis, the last ship sunk in WWII, and the smearing of his captain by politicians in a vain attempt to place blame.
One of the few survivors of this casualty of war, Lyle Umenhoffer, wrote, “I am grateful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for bringing me through this ordeal and giving me the strength and will power to put it behind me and go on with life.”
It seems to me that Lyle grasps the reality of life, a life filled with joy and pain, with drama crouching, always crouching, just around the next turn. Mr. Umenhoffer refused to permit the horrible pain in his life, surviving the shark invested sea in which only 317 of the ships 1196 crew were rescued after five terrifying days in the Philippine Sea.
Most people at some point in their life have stated, “I could write a book.” It is so; each of us has a story to tell. People want to read of those who have suffered brutally, and have not only endured, but in spirit have triumphed.
It took as much or more of Christ’s power for Lyle to “put it behind me and go on with life” as it did to survive the instant ordeal.
Psalms 90:9, “For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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