Omaha Beach today (above, below)
American Cemetary overlooking Omaha Beach
I also found myself thinking of all the German men who died in the Battle of Normandy. We even went to a German cemetery. There are many people buried there who were devoted Nazis. However, I have learned since living in Germany that there are probably many men who would have given anything to be on their farms in Bavaria or at a local pub than fighting a war, but they had no choice. War is complicated--even a just war.
On a more personal note…I thought going to the D-Day Beaches was maybe not the best idea when you are walking through a very stressful adoption. However, I think going there helped me get a perspective. So many of those guys who died never had the chance to have a family or see their children grow up. I also think of all those in America who lost a brother or a husband or a son. My husband is so precious, and I am thankful every day to have him.
There are many people who have had to endure hardships and suffer in this life. God never promised we would not suffer. In fact, Paul tells us that we will suffer and not to be surprised by it. CS Lewis said something to the effect that suffering either makes the man or destroys him. I hope that the sufferings in my life make me more like Jesus.