"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
- Matthew 5:9
Our family loves Ukraine.
When we adopted Cava, we did not just bring him here to the United States and tell him, "You're an American now!" Instead, we feel that Ukraine is now a part of our family's identity. So it has been with a heavy and broken heart that we have watched what is occurring in a country that holds such a special place in our lives. It's hard seeing the events unfold in places that we remember from when we were in Kyiv.
Awhile back, I was watching a video on our computer of what is transpiring in Ukraine when Cava walks up behind me. "Where's that?" he asks.
"Kyiv," I answer.
"Whoa, that's scary. I'm glad I'm not there."
"I'm glad you're not there, too."
"Can we pray for them?"
"Of course we will."
And we do.
We pray for the peace of that beautiful country that our family loves dearly.
We pray for our friends and their families over there.
We pray for our translator and our facilitator and their families.
We pray for the people we met, like the women we would see regularly in our local market.
I saw a great quote from one of the Ukrainian protesters that said, "Ukraine will rise from its knees only when it falls on its knees before God."
As one can see in the photo below, some gathered for an entire hour just to pray for their country.
As John 16:33 tells us, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
Along with praying for Ukraine, you can go to the following link and sign the petition on Change.org that calls for our government to speak out. Show your support for the Ukrainian people.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "True peace is not the absence of conflict . . . but the presence of justice."
Great places to read more on what's happening in Ukraine so that you can know what to pray specifically for:
The Kyiv Post:
Guiding the Fatherless to the Father: