Within weeks, the beginning of a rapid buildup for military action was underway. America had allowed herself to become complacent after World War I and war weaponry and equipment was in very low supply as was the size of our standing military forces. So, in the early days of the conflict in the Pacific, the Japanese rapidly expanded their gains as America was helpless. Meanwhile, the German front would open and our homeland would find itself in the unenviable position of fighting a two front war across both the Pacific and Atlantic.
That first Christmas was a tough one and families faced the realization that many of their loved ones would soon be headed off to war with the likelihood of return filled with uncertainty. But Americans came together as we do in periods of crisis, and the war machine cranked up quickly, thousands and thousands of volunteers and draftees were trained and sent overseas and before long both the Japanese and the Germans realized that their foe would be formidable. As Admiral Yamamoto said when told that the Pearl Harbor attack failed to knock out American aircraft carriers, "We have awakened a sleeping giant." And that sleeping giant would get on her feet with a massive buildup that provided to be the undoing of both the Geman and Japanese war machines. It was, however, a long and difficult four years to reach that point.
So, as we approach Christmas 2018, I hope all Americans will take a minute to remember what our fighting forces did during the most brutal of conflicts so many years ago and pray for peace. Further, I also hope we will always remember that the road to peace requires us to be ready for any eventuality, for despotic leaders always seek to add territory and control of others when they detect weakness. May America always be strong and apply a policy of peace through strength which does more to reach the wish for harmony, peace and joy as Christmas represents than other options if we look at history. History never fails us, it shows what happens time and time again when we fail to listen.
May God bless you and may God bless America for Christmas and all time. If we follow His plan for Salvation we can never fail.