On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90% of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”
This week, we remember the events of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the decades since, the world has lived with the threat of nuclear annihilation and many have worked and struggled for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Join us as we pray to walk and live in the path of peace and justice.
I leave you with this prayer. Blessings, Pastor Laurie
O God, like a father who teaches his child to walk,
like a mother who feeds and heals her children,
You desire to nourish all people and rescue them from injustice.
You call us into this work of justice-making and care.
Yet we follow other paths; we make choices that lead to violence and destruction
Meet us here and teach us how to put aside
all temptations that lead to violence,
from the smallest to the most global.