"I can't wait to see Dunkirk!" Jimmy exclaimed, looking up from his laptop.
"I love Christopher Nolan's movies," Zack agreed.
"Oh, is that about the Miracles at Dunkirk during World War II?" I asked. I don't know who Christopher Nolan is. "I hope they honor Christ--He certainly intervened in Dunkirk!"
The young men both looked at me.
"I'm not sure they will, Mom," Jimmy admitted.
We had studied the Miracle of Dunkirk in our HIS Story of the 20th Century course, learning decisively that God still intervenes in the lives of men. He is the God of Miracles! Let me tell you the real story of the Miracle of Dunkirk. (This is taken directly from HIS Story of the 20th Century).
Behind the scenes intercessors were praying at a little Bible college in Wales started by Pastor Rees Howells. But these professors and students were not the only ones praying. Across the island, British, Scottish, and Welsh Christians were praying for a miracle.
In May 1940, Hitler launched his blitzkrieg, or lightening attacks, against Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands who surrendered to Germany. German occupation forces moved in to make life miserable for the Belgians, Dutch, and Luxembourgers.
Now, British troops were already in France to help defend France and Belgium. British troops quickly moved to France to defend France. However, the unthinkable occurred with German forces moving rapidly through France, trapping British, French, and Belgian troops on the shores of the English Channel by May 21, 1940.
The war was not looking good for the British.
The German High Command was gleeful. They had the British encircled. Would the war be over so quickly with a decisive German victory?
The only option for the British was to evacuate at Dunkirk. Can you find Dunkirk on the map? It is on the French coast. For some unknown reason, the German troops were ordered to halt on May 22. This halt order gave the trapped soldiers time to build defensive works and get many troops to Dunkirk. This was the first miracle.
By the 24th, German troops were close, surrounding Calais. Hitler planned to have Luftwaffe, German Air Force, fly over the Allies, drop bombs, and destroy them.
King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer on May 26. He attended the service at Westminster Abbey with his family. All over Great Britain, people went to church to pray for a miracle. So many people came out to church that there were long lines of people outside Westminster Abbey who could not get in.[i]
On the first day of the evacuation (May 26), there were less than 4,000 men evacuated. On May 28, two days after the National Day of Prayer, a huge storm blew over the entire land area, preventing planes from taking off. The Luftwaffe would not be able to wipe out the British troops. This was the second miracle.
It’s graduation time. You are planning a party for your amazing son or daughter, feeling quite emotional. What about food? What should you serve your guests?
Start with your graduate. Is there something special that he, or she, would like on the menu. Maybe he likes Mexican food and you can have a menu of burritos, tacos, and fajitas. Or maybe she likes old-fashioned teas and you can serve tea sandwiches, lace cookies, and scones with clotted cream.
After nine high school graduations and six college graduations between us, we have planned our fair share of menus. Here are some of our guests’ favorites. Enjoy.
Graduation Party Appetizers & Punch
Fresh Fruit Platter
Raw Veggies with Dip Platter
Hummus with Pita Chips
Spicy 7-Layer Mexican Dip with Tortilla Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Graduation Party Hearty Feast