God of All Nations,
I know that the dirigible
was a proud exemplar of Nazi scientific,
aeronautic and mechanical achievement.
The great lighter-than-air
vessel, made a triumphant trip to the United
States in 1937. While attempting to land
New Jersey, the hydrogen-filled airship
exploded into an enormous ball of fire.
Of the 36 passengers aboard, 13 died, as
well as 22 of the 61-member crew, and one
member of the ground crew, making a total
of 36 lives lost in the horrible disaster.
I wonder, Lord, if in this
tragedy, You were giving a warning to the
which would in the following years,
under Adolph Hitler, degenerate into
a godless conflagration incinerating society,
and causing immense suffering and desolation
across much of Europe.
I pray now for all who died
in the Hindenburg, and all who suffered
subsequently under Hitler's heartless
and deeply evil regime.
I pray also for Hitler himself,
and for all those he led into his horrendous
May The Third Reich
be remembered forever
as a warning against dictatorship, militarism
All this I pray to You, dear
God of Peace
and Love and Forgiveness.
2012 Donn B. Murphy
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