In 1942, Japan invaded the Philippines and marched 10,000 Americans 100 miles to a work camp in the jungle in what became known as the Bataan Death March. Only 4,000 survived the brutality of their Japanese captors. One of those survivors was Abie Abraham.
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.” —Psalm 84:11
After the war, and after surviving the horror of Japanese captivity and torture, he could have come home. He could have also been angry and bitter. Instead, he gave the next 30 months to help find the bodies of his fellow soldiers.
Abie would go on to write two books about the Bataan Death March and volunteer at the Butler, Pa., Veteran’s Administration. He died at age 98.
A friend said, “He gave two-and-a-half years of his freedom to make sure those men were properly identified, that their bodies were taken care of. That’s just the kind of guy Abie was.” Another shared, “I never saw or heard him say anything bad about anybody.”
“I was never one of those guys, hero guys wearing medals and all that,” Abie once said.
Honor and loyalty, particularly to this level, are rare human traits. Constantly challenge yourself toward a higher level of personal honor. Keep inspiration in your life to excel in loyalty and integrity. If you do, your life will not only matter here and now, but even years after you are gone—just like Abie Abraham.
LIGHT OF THE WORLD, You are the source of all good things. Grow me, mold me, shape me in Your qualities for my life to make a difference.