All Parts Needed

After watching the coverage of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I did some pretty extensive reading on the preparations, planning and the events of that day.  Some of the most interesting things I learned were about all the things that took place well before D-Day that made it all possible for the boots on the ground that day to achieve their objectives on June 6, 1944.  It was incredible to learn about how in 1942, the Army rangers had already begun training how to scale and attack the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc (the highest point between Utah and Omaha beaches).  A guy from New Orleans by the name of Andrew Higgins in early 1942 correctly forecast that landing craft would be necessary to attack beaches in both the Atlantic and Pacific.  He designed and built the landing craft for that day that delivered men, tanks, artillery, ammunition, jeeps, etc.  to the beaches.  Indeed, in a 1964 interview, Eisenhower said “Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us. If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel), we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.”

The following is a very abbreviated list of other necessary contributions:

  1. The unprecedented industrial production in the U.S. (In 1939, annual aircraft production for the US military was less than 3,000 planes. By the end of the war US factories had produced 300,000 planes.)
  2. The planning by the generals
  3. The reconnaissance (by air and sea) of the beaches and fortifications
  4. The intelligence provided by the French Resistance
  5. The air force bombing of railroads and roads so Germany could not re-supply and counter-attack the Allies from further inland
  6. The minesweepers that cleared paths to the five beaches for the 5,000 ships
  7. The sappers that cleared paths through the 5 million mines on the beaches.  

The list goes on and on of all the efforts that were necessary to pull off the most complex military invasion in history.

After reading about this, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 where Paul pointed out that the body of the church cannot function as well without even one of its parts.  Every part is unique and serves its own function in the body. Just because one organ cannot perform the function of another, doesn’t make it less useful. Just because an eye can’t hear doesn’t mean it’s not a part of the body. Just because you’re not preaching in the pulpit or singing in the choir doesn’t mean you’re not a contributing part of the body.  We can all use our spiritual gifts to further the Kingdom in a myriad of ways.

Brad Gauen

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