Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
I had actually written a different story for today, but recent events call me to write about an extraordinary time in civilization – a time that is right in front of us.
We are watching – yes, literally watching- death being rained upon innocent women and children in Ukraine. Maternity hospitals are being targeted, apartment buildings are being destroyed, and the wanton terror of indiscriminate shelling of cities continues unabated in Ukraine.
Words cannot adequately describe what the civilized world is trying to deal with. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is not a member of the civilized world. He stands outside of decency and moral standards. He alone, it appears, has decided to revisit the historic pogroms of Russia’s past. The old Tsars of Russia killed or banished Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Josef Stalin visited upon Ukraine, in the early 1930’s, the Holodomor, which was the systematic starvation of Ukraine’s citizens.
Today, Vladimir Putin is once again inflicting heinous crimes upon that land. The Ukrainian people are acting with unimaginable courage, defending their land against a cruel aggressor. The Russian people are getting no real news of this. They get only a steady diet of lies and propaganda. Alas, Truth is another of Putin’s victims.
We can only pray that the Russian people can find truth, and then the courage to depose Putin. I do not, of course know how or if this can happen. In fact, as a broken-hearted individual, I feel helpless and angry, and sad.
As you can see, I write in order to express those feelings. It gives me an outlet to vent those things which I cannot control. I also pray, knowing that I can only acknowledge that this is in God’s hands, not mine.
But those who CAN do something MUST do something. The Russian people, and the civilized world deserve better.
Prayer: Lord, we implore you to deliver us from evil, and to rescue those who are suffering, Amen