Saturday, December 12, 2015

#LNYHBT during Battle of Arnhem in WWII

I was watching a World War II documentary about the ill fated Operation Market Garden - Battle of Arnhem "Theirs Is the Glory" which was filmed with actual military veterans after the war was over:

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The British government shows scenes of airborne rangers preparing for battle. One scene depicts a chapel service where the chaplain quotes one of Sean Hannity's favorite Bible verses "let not your heart be troubled" where you can even buy t-shirts with his "slogan" emblazoned on them:



















But Erick Erickson in his rather heart wrenching April 18th, 2013 "Red State" article "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" reminds people of the verse's original context:

"Let not your heart be troubled is not just something Sean Hannity came up with on his radio show. It is not just some trite expression people use to superficially aid and comfort others. It is a phrase spoken by Jesus Christ found in the first verse of John 14. 'Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.'"

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This Bible verse has been adapted many times into song. Albertina Walker singing gospel version "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled":




Operation Market Garden was the subject of the film "A Bridge Too Far" with a march theme of an upbeat melody punctuated by discordant counterpoint:




Along the lines of the law of unintended consequences, and something I never considered until reading the answer to a FAQ of "What Happened Afterwards?" on imdb, of all places:


"Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the failure of Market Garden was that the delay allowed the Soviet Union to occupy Eastern Europe rather than the Western Allies, which lead to the Cold War."



However, it's nice to have the presence of mind to remember that even if one doesn't win every battle, you can win the war if you keep your chin up and remember John 14:27 "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

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