The process of becoming who you are made to be is really hard. It comes with many sacrifices. You have to learn how to listen to the Father and pray for the ability to see yourself how He views you every day.
It comes with many goodbyes and new hellos. It comes with desolation at times but immense consolation too. It comes with fear and excitement in the unknown. It calls you to jump and trust and twirl for the Beloved. And you learn how to run back to that gaze that reminds you why you’re doing any of this in the first place.
It’s something that has been a gorgeous journey. A journey that I felt called to share a year ago today. And I want to thank all of you deeply for joining me in this journey of becoming the Courtney that our Lord delights in. I pray that you may all continue to fight to be the sons and daughters you were crowned to be as well.
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Carrier sailors watch USS Indiana (BB-58) pass to starboard during Pacific operations, likely during late summer 1943. The identity of the carrier is unknown, as is the specific date; however, the structure on the right side of the frame almost looks like a 5”/38 twin mount, and the rails suggest an Essex, which would make this either Essex (CV-9) herself or Yorktown (CV-10), both of which took part in the raid on Marcus Island as their baptism of fire on 31 August and 1 September. Indiana also participated in the raid, as the earliest instance of a South Dakota operating alongside an Essex.
Other clues can be discerned from the image. Often errantly labeled as Alabama with the Home Fleet in 1943, the battleship is indeed Indiana; she has a boat crane on her port side (a trait only she and Massachusetts ever possessed), and the platform around the secondary conning position on her forward tower is level, instead of having the forward step-down her sisters featured. The searchlight arrangement was shared only with Alabama, but again the secondary conn platform would not have been uniform around the forward face of the tower. She does not have Mk 3 radar on her conning tower, and her stub foremast and Measure 21 paint scheme indicates this was taken during her first stint wearing this pattern, from November 1942 through to October 1943. Before the Gilbert Islands campaign, she was refit and repainted at Pearl Harbor, having departed the war theater on 21 October shortly after the Marcus Raid.
Relatively obviously, carrier sailors wouldn’t be lounging in the North Atlantic with their shirts off when Alabama was attached to the Home Fleet. Nor would there be a US carrier operating alongside Alabama. Where that misidentification came from, I’m unsure; but it’s a nice illustration of the unreliable nature of internet captions, and presents a fun puzzle to solve in this instance.
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