Prayer Brought a Miracle to Dunkirk
When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation George 6th called for a …
Video Source: The Story of Liberty
"I was looking forward to seeing "Dunkirk" in the theater; sadly, once again, the movie industry left out some very important historical information:
"When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation George 6th called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine help. Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into churches praying for deliverance.... Two events immediately followed. Firstly, a violent storm arose over theDunkirk region grounding the Luftwaffe which had been killing thousands on the beaches. And then secondly, a great calm descended on the Channel, the like of which hadn’t been seen for a generation, which allowed hundreds of tiny boats to sail across and rescue 335,000 soldiers, rather than the estimated 20-30,000. From then on people referred to what happened as 'the miracle of Dunkirk' Sunday June 9th was officially appointed as a Day of National Thanksgiving."
"Just as the trapped British soldiers on the beach seemed sure that they would be destroyed or captured by the oncoming Nazis, a British naval officer cabled three simple words to London: 'But if not.'
Those three words tell us volumes about what it means to still be in possession of a Christian culture—they were derived from Daniel 3:17-18, the King James Version—which most Britons still heard in church and was still considered the pinnacle achievement of the English language. Those three words were spoken by the three brave friends of Daniel as they faced the scorching furnace of King Nebuchadnezzar, willing to be burned rather than serve an idol.
'Our God whom we serve,' they told him, 'is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, let it be known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.'
But if not. The British officer who sent those words to his superior fully expected them to understand where they came from in Scripture and what they would mean. God was yet able to deliver the British from what seemed a certain fate, but if not they would resist the Nazis with all their might. In three words, we get a glimpse of what a culture—derived from the word 'cultus' or centre—actually looks like. That three seemingly innocuous words would be immediately recognized and their meaning understood shows again how far we are from there to here." - Andrea Schwertley
HT Eric Seeley
- Read the Story of Liberty - "In an effort to allow you to comprehend what liberty has cost and what it is worth, The Story of Liberty shows that while oppressors and tyrants have carried out their plans and had things their way; there is an unseen power, a Divine Hand, that shapes destiny."
- The miracle of Dunkirk: 40 facts about the famous evacuation
- 80th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk May 2020 planned by The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships