Disbelief. Helplessness. Guilt. Sadness. Anger. These are some of the emotions that I have experienced as I take in events in Ukraine. What is happening is horrible and heartbreaking and what can any of us do about it? My mother has taken to wearing light blue and yellow every time she goes out in the world. I am halfway through a 2015 documentary found on Netflix entitled Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight. Some of us have added a Ukrainian flag to our Facebook page.
But I wonder how these small acts of solidarity actually help those men, women, and children in harm’s way?
Really, what can we do? Here are a few ideas. I’m not sure how good these ideas are.
- Pay more for gas and not complain about it.
- Keep praying.
- Give money to support the people of Ukraine. There are many worthy organizations that are good options for such gifts. CLICK HERE to learn more about what we as a Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination are doing to support those in need in Ukraine.
The truth is that there isn’t much that we can do as individuals. But when we join with others, that equation shifts a little bit.
Here is a blessing for Ukraine written by our Lenten guide Kate Bowler.
A Blessing for Ukraine
God, the unthinkable has happened.
by stealth and through open destruction,
the peace and beauty of the ordinary,
has been shattered in a day.
O God of justice and might,
We call to you to come and bring this suffering to an end.
Comfort these trembling hearts.
Shield the vulnerable.
Strengthen those with the resources and the resolve
to protect what they love
in the face of such overwhelming force.
Grant wisdom to the nations of our world, to our leaders, and to us,
to grasp the unfathomable,
to see evil in its true light,
and come against it unflinchingly.
though we shudder to watch what is happening
We will not look away.
How do you feel about events in Ukraine? What are you doing to support those in harm’s way?
-Written by Rev. Amy Miracle
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