Shaking Hands with the Enemy

January 12, 2011 — 2 Comments

Imagine crashing in the ocean in a B-24.  You drift thousands of miles with two others for weeks. Sharks try to eat you.  You are strafed (shot at) by the enemy.  On top of that you are captured by the Japanese. Nonstop torture ensues for two years.  When the war ends in 1945 you are released and lose half your body weight due to being starved and beaten.

5 years later…

Read this scene after the person, Louie Zamperini, who endured what I described above revisits his POW camp in Japan.

“Before Louie left Sugamo (the prison), the colonel who was attending him asked Louie’s former guards to come forward.  In the back of the room, the prisoners stood up and shuffled into the aisle.  They moved hesitantly, looking up at Louie with small faces.

Louie was seized by childlike, giddy exuberance.  Before he realized what he was doing, he was bounding down the aisle.  In bewilderment, the men who had abused him watched him come to them, his hands extended, a radiant smile on his face.” – excerpted from Unbroken copyright 2010 by Laura Hillenbrand.

After I read this I couldn’t believe his reaction.

He shook hands with the enemy.

What Zamperini experienced was beyond what anyone should endure.  And what did he do?

He extended his hand.

He forgave.

Grace appeared and Jesus is revealed in his story.  Let us take notice. It is beautiful.


We have a lot to look forward to this year in 2014. I highly encourage you to read Unbroken but the feature film will be coming out this Christmas. You can watch the trailer here.

2 responses to Shaking Hands with the Enemy


    Although it’s difficult to do so, I try to live like this when I’m able. No, I’m no prisoner of war, and no, I have never endured severe torture. But I have come up against individuals who made me second guess who I am…individuals who I should have thrown my hands up in the air over.

    I remember one girl who spoke ill of me just because of jealousy. I had never really even talked to this person, but she insisted on defaming my name. So, to remedy the problem, I offered her an apology letter, for doing whatever I had done to upset her. Now, one year later, we still don’t talk, and I don’t know if the letter helped, but I walked away from it with a clean conscience and the belief that I had done all I could to fix the problem.


      I’ve written that kind of letter as well. It helps you to start…in time your friend hopefully will see what happened clearly. That takes time and God uses that as a way to touch hearts. We cannot do it without HIM.

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