"Miracle in the Pacific,"

From the Golden Archives of Plain View Farm,

The Christian Fellowship Banner,

April 1944, Reprinted from "The Defender",

Edited by Clyde H. Dennis, Chicago

"My son, who is a real Christian boy, is now somewhere in the Pacific war zone. Many months before he left our shores he and I memorized and repeated over and over again that wonderful 91st Psalm. We agreed together that the promises it contained applied to us. We stood upon them in faith believing, and made a covenant with God.

"We agreed, that, no matter where son might be, at prayer time we would repeat those verses. It was sort of a tie, binding our hearts and minds no matter how many thousands of miles might lie between us. A few days ago I received a letter from my boy which to me is evidence beyond all possible doubt that God's promises are real and operative. An excerpt from the letter reads as follows:

" 'Our convoy was under heavy attack from both air and submarines. Anti-aircraft guns chattered incessantly and the crash of heavy guns was deafening.

" 'Every battle station was manned and operating. One submarine was sighted off our starboard and within firing range. Momentarily we expected to see the wake of a torpedo headed for our way, and it was not long in coming. It was a tense moment, and I knew that many of the fellows were praying.

"'Suddenly I remembered our covenant with God and the 91st Psalm. I began to say it over again. I knew you, too, must have been praying, for before our very eyes God wrought a miracle. When the torpedo was a short distance from our vessel it seemed as though something went wrong with its mechanism, for it swerved sharply in its course and passed to our stern and disappeared.

"'Shortly after that a second torpedo was fired by the sub, and again its wake showed that it was aimed directly at us. I kept on reciting those verses. Somehow I was not afraid, for I knew that God was able. This time, at about the same distance from our vessel, the torpedo seemed to go crazy. It spun in the water, took a sharp angle to its right and passed by the bow of the ship. That's the last we heard from the submarine. As for the attack from the air, we suffered not a hit or a scratch'."

This is a true story and the incident took place recently. One can almost picture that Christian soldier standing on deck reciting the wonderful words of promise:

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress:

my God; in Him will I trust.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night,

nor [the arrow that flies] by day.

A thousand shall fall at thy side,

and ten thousand at thy right hand,

but it shall not come nigh thee."

--Psalm 91 Verses,

Article Preprinted from "The Defender"

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