Victory or Victorious?


Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor

My husband, son, and I, are going to leave for Oahu, Hawaii, on January 26, early in the morning.

We traveled there once before, and stayed near Kaneohe Bay. It was so beautiful! I look forward to returning!

While in Hawaii, last time, we kayaked, snorkeled, hiked, and swam beneath a waterfall! It was so amazing!

There were tropical plants and fish that I had never seen before. Little colorful lizards darted among lush foliage. The air was sweet and fragrant, moist and warm. What a difference from our northern winters!

My husband was in deep thought when he visited Pearl Harbor on our last visit. His dad’s uncle had been a survivor on the Arizona, December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Hawaii.

When my husband was a young boy, Richard Hauff told him stories about that day.–He was thrown clear of the wreckage, and had no idea of how he got off the ship, because his last remembrance was that he was below the ship when the Arizona was bombed. It was a miracle that he lived, when so many had lost their lives!

It is somewhat strange that Richard unfortunately felt that he didn’t deserve to live a full life after that day. He never married, and died with little said about him in the papers in Kulm, North Dakota.

His name is on one of the concrete blocks that hold survivor’s names at Pearl Harbor. In a way it is tragic to say that part of Richard died that day in 1941. This was truly a tragedy!

Maybe you have had a tragic event that ‘has lived in infamy’, in your life, robbing you of your ability to have a full life? — I have.

When we reflect on the horrors of life, and circumstances that make it seem too hard to carry on, I am encouraged by the verse where Jesus tells us that in this life we will have tribulation, but to take heart, He has overcome the world! (John 16:33)

He also tells us that old things will pass away, and Behold! All things will become new!

We are guaranteed that Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away… And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:4,5.

Through God’s power in us, all things will work together for good, for those of us who love Him.

We can rest assured that He is with us, and that if we draw near to him, He will draw near to us!

These are the verses that give me hope when I feel hopeless. It is my desire that you will have life, and have it to the fullest!

Dear Jesus, I pray for each person that might be reading this, and for all my Christian brothers and sisters. I know that we should not think it strange that we are suffering, because many of our fellow Christians are experiencing the same things. I pray that You would help us not to lose hope. Please encourage us, and help us to grow in all wisdom and knowledge, and help us to draw near to You in difficult times. I know that some of us feel unworthy of the life You’ve given us. Help us to remember how much You loved us! You were willing to suffer and die for us, that we might have life eternal! You desire that we should have life to the fullest! Like Paul said, that to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Thank You, Jesus! You are a friend closer than a brother, and an ever-present help in times of trouble! Amen.



4 thoughts on “Victory or Victorious?

    • Thank you! I didn’t get to know Richard, as he passed away in 1989. When I heard of his life though, I was so sad. His parents left him in a town to fend for himself at age 12, and he joined the service at seventeen, by lying about his age. A very sad story! He experienced a lot of wounds, both physically and emotionally.
      On a happier note, I loved your description of your dream house! We are renting a home in Kahaluu’, and have never stayed there before. The pictures looked beautiful, and the price was affordable. We are sharing the house with my sister and her husband, to make the trip more affordable, and more fun!


  1. My uncle was also Richard Hauff.
    My Dad was his brother Roy. It was interesting to see a story on him. I recall Richard stating to me he was 7 decks under when the call to battle stations came, last he remembered he was still 3 decks under and woke the following day in a Red Cross hospital and he has never learned to swim. I spent a lot of time around Richard and never knew him to be a sad fellow.
    God Bless your devotional and the work you do!


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