I cannot even fathom what you are going through. I can barely imagine the fear and anxiety, and utter despondence and despair which has gripped your people and country. I do know that God loves you and does not want you to be afraid. I see evidence that God is on your side. May God’s comfort calm your fears, His strength be your survival, and His peace be your protection.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
I’m a Christian American mother; a writer, a teacher, and a lover of international people; helping from where I am, reaching out to do more. I promise you; Americans are outraged and heartbroken about the war in Ukraine. We have heard your pleas, and are involved with other countries and humanitarian relief organizations; to bring you food, money, clothing, and shelter. We know it’s not enough, and we are urging our leaders to do much, much more.
I wish we could meet you at the border; to fight for you, serve you food and drink, treat your illnesses and wounds, and hold you while wiping your tears. For those of you who come to America, we will receive you. We want to host you in our homes and treat you as family; because you are. We are the human race, all beautifully deserving of love, safety, and the right to pursue happiness while living in peace.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2: 15-17)
We can’t come close to imaging your pain, but we are saddened by your tears as you walk for days, lovingly carrying children and pets towards the border with nothing but a backpack or suitcase. We feel sorrow when your husbands and sons must leave you at the border to go back and fight, and when your elderly cannot leave because they are too sick and frail. We sympathize with your teenagers who should be out having fun, and your young adults giving up their education. Instead they’ve been forced to grow up too fast, choosing to boldly speak out and take up arms. We recognize your pain of leaving the cozy protection of your homes behind in order to survive. Our emotions cannot even begin to compare to yours, but we cry with you, because we care.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15 ESV).
We are so incredibly proud of you as you sing patriotic songs, and fight with determination and confidence. As your men as reluctantly leave you; yet purposefully go forward into war, you may be small, but you are mighty; just like King David. When your young and old make homemade malotov cocktails to defend themselves, and slam their own bodies into tanks to keep them from moving; we can’t even comprehend the reality of it all. We witness you moving forward; brazenly changing street signs to confuse the enemy and creating roadblocks with bare hands. You are using every gift God has given you, and He is with you. God was also with King David when he was a just a young boy. He bravely stood near the giant, and used a mere slingshot to bring Goliath down to the ground… dead.
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him” (1 Sam. 17:50 NIV).
You have heart. You have banded together to defend your people and territory. You are extremely bold and courageous. Whether you are fighting, hiding in a subway bomb shelter, or taking days and days to cross the border; you are all strong people to be commended and admired.
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD” (Ps. 31:24 ESV)!
Your leader is the most pristine example of the kind of man everyone needs to lead his country. He has not left you to escape into comfort and safety. We are cheering him on. He has been receiving standing ovations around the world, and Ukraine; so are you. Like Jesus, your President Volodymyr Zalensky; also a Jew, lives among his people; comforting, advising, sacrificing his own life to be there for the greater good of his people.
“but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. (Heb. 7: 24-27 NIV).
We are fervently praying for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the unsaved to know Jesus. We pray for your safety and protection, and for your entire beautiful country. We know you only want to go back home, but in some small way hope you receive comfort from knowing people around the world are doing what we can to support and encourage you, including making a pariah of the enemy. May God bring you justice, in Jesus’ name!
“The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them” (Ps. 94: 21-23).
We know your days are dark, darker than they have ever been. I pray you find the silver linings in each day; a shining wrinkly newborn baby being born in the bomb shelter subway; symbolizing new life, a mother breastfeeding children not born of her body in order to provide them nourishing milk, a beloved pet licking your nose, a man with a guitar playing music so you can sing and boost your morale, a tennis star entering the military to fight for you, men and women reaching the safety of the border only to return because you need them. May these noble times of brave and courageous Ukrainians keep you going. Jesus, himself, was born during a terrible time; but he became king of the world. Born in a lowly stable, King Herod tried to hunt him down without success. God was on his side.
“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route” (Matt 2: 7-12).
In case you don’t know, confused Russian soldiers admitted they don’t even know why they were sent to your country. Russian civilians are being arrested in their own streets for protesting the war against Ukraine. Some Russian soldiers in your country are giving themselves up willingly, punching holes in their gas tanks to slow down convoys, and calling their mothers in tears saying they were lied to and told they were going to Ukraine for war games to “keep the peace.” Russians spies told your President about the plan for his assassination, and the plot was foiled. I tell you this not so you will feel sorry for them, but to give you hope that with continued prayer, more soldiers will realize what terrible, horrific war crimes they are committing, see the evil in their tyrannical dictator, and turn against him.
All of us wish for long life. But I pray that you will find peace in the fact that we all have a chance to one day reunite with loved ones for eternity. There will be no more tears or sorrow; only endless joy. For those of you who know Jesus, share him with your family and friends. For whether we live or die, we all can choose eternity in Heaven through Jesus Christ. We pray you life!
“I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’ “ (Rev. 21: 3-5).
I pledge to continue praying for you as individuals and as a country. Around the world, brothers snd sisters in Christ are praying alone and together for your lives and the end of this unjust war. When you are at a loss for how to pray, ask the Holy Spirit to pray for you. He knows exactly what you want to say.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Rom. 8:26 NIV).
Ukraine, no matter what decisions our leaders have made thus far, the people throughout America love you. Ukraine, you have inspired the world to unite, with country after country joining together as allies; to provide you with weapons and ammunition, food and medical supplies, and money to go where it will help you most. Ukraine, you are a heroic nation. You shall never be erased. Victory to Ukraine! We pray for your PEACE! GLORY to UKRAINE! To GOD be the GLORY to UKRAINE!
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Heb. 13:16).
May God bless you, Ukraine, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Lord’s Prayer
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘ “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” ‘ ” (Matt. 6: 9-13). For thine is the kingdom, the power and glory forever. Amen
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