BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 16 May 2007
The very first film I ever went to see without my Mum and Dad was at the Picture House in Granby Street in 1955. It was The Dam Busters, the true story of the bombing raid on the Möhne and Eder Dams in Germany on this very day in 1943. I've seen it several times since, and it always stirs me as the laconic voices over the wireless tell Red Leader that they are going in, with that Eric Coates music in the background. And then those bouncing bombs, and the demolition of the dams.
Of course I was too young to appreciate that the breach of the dams brought death and destruction to hundreds of civilians and their villages. But my parents told me that there had been an enormous boost to British morale when the news of the raid was broadcast on the BBC.
The type of warfare we've sent our young soldiers to wage in Iraq and Afghanistan is rather different. We've had very little in the way of heroic pictures and stories from those countries. No boosts to our morale. Some people even put our defeat in the Eurovision Song Contest down to Europe's opposition to our involvement in Iraq. Yet we still expect our soldiers to be gallant and valiant and brave.
The question for us is: how brave are we in the tests we face? Are we resolute, or do we cave in? Perhaps we can draw courage from St Paul's exhortation to the small persecuted early church: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
 1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV