Some of you will have spotted - maybe from the news - that today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The attacks sunk or damaged 18 US ships, destroyed 188 aircraft and cost the lives of 2,402 men - almost half of whom died aboard the Arizona.
The attacks brought the US into the Second World War. Something which was probably inevitable anyway, which was why the Japanese wanted to hit them hard before they were properly prepared.
Interestingly, one of the few ships anchored at Pearl Harbor that day to escape completely undamaged was the USS Phoenix. After the war, it was sold to Argentina and rebadged as the ARA General Belgrano, only to be sunk by HMS conqueror during the Falklands War.
But anyway, enough of my geekery... this is a youth ministry site, and so...
If you can this week, talk to your young people about events that change history. Talk to them about unprovoked attacks and ask them what they think. Talk to them about war and conflict. When is it okay? When is it not?