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"We have a guardian"

But do we want him?

On Tuesday, June 6th 1944, the Allies took to the sea to free Europe from the murderous despotism of German Nazis. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. But D-Day was only possible because of earlier miracles. To quote W.B. Grant's WE HAVE A GUARDIAN --

In May, 1940, the British Army was in mortal peril. On May 10, 1940, the Germans launched the Blitzkrieg against the Low Countries and France. By the end of the second week in May the French defences at Sedan and on the Meuse were broken and there followed the rapid advance of German Panzer forces across France and Belgium. King Leopold capitulated, the Belgian Army ceased to resist, and the German 'armoured scythe-stroke almost reached Dunkirk', the only port from which to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force. On May 27, the German High Command went so far as to boast: 'The British Army is encircled, our troops are proceeding to its annihilation'. The position was serious beyond measure. Afterwards, in a speech in the House of Commons on June 4, Mr Churchill revealed how grave had been the prospect.

'When, a week ago today, I asked the House to fix this afternoon as the occasion for a statement, I feared it would be my hard lot to announce the greatest military disaster in our long history. I thought--and some good judges agreed with me--that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men might be reembarked . . . .The whole root and core and brain of the British Army, on which and around which we were to build, and are to build the great British armies in the later years of the war, seemed about to perish upon the field, or to be led into ignominious and starving captivity.'

Meanwhile, at the request of King George VI, a National Day of Prayer was held on May 26. In an inspiring broadcast, His Majesty called the people of Britain and the Empire to commit their cause to God. 'We shall not ask that God may do our will, but that we may be enabled to do the will of God. . .'

Together with members of the Cabinet the King attended Westminster Abbey, whilst millions of his subjects in all parts of the Commonwealth and Empire flocked to the churches to join in prayer. The Daily Sketch of the following morning exclaimed: 'Nothing like it has ever happened before.'

Soon the word 'miracle' was heard on all sides--the impossible had happened: 335,000 men had been carried 'out of the jaws of death and shame to their native land.' In his speech of June 4, Mr Churchill referred to 'a miracle of deliverance, achieved by valour, by perseverance, by perfect discipline, by faultless service, by resource, by skill, by unconquerable fidelity'. But even so, this deliverance would have been impossible had it not been aided by two wonders . . .

The consciousness of miraculous deliverance pervaded the Army and the nation.

Grant's book, We Have A Guardian, is filled with extraordinary reports of God's work in the most desperate circumstances. The book, never out of print since 1944, can be purchased from the Covenant Publishing Company.

Today Britain's civilization is once again under attack in London, which Churchill called the 'strong City of Refuge which enshrines the title-deeds of human progress and is of deep consequence to Christian civilization'.

Can we, will we, bear ourselves humbly before God and pray for help?