Ukraine - How do we respond?
The city of Kiev in Ukraine
It has now been just over a week since the Russian government invaded Ukraine. For the first time, we are observing a war taking place live on our mobile phones and TV screens. 24-hour news channels, mobile technology and CCTV footage mean we are watching a horrific conflict unfold in front of our eyes.
And we can’t believe what we are seeing.
I have carried many emotions in the last week: anger, disbelief, shock, deep sadness. What do we do with these emotions? And how do we respond?
I am reminded of Psalm 46. A Psalm we explored, as a church, in 2020 as a global pandemic unfolded before us. A Psalm that begins with these words:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…
It is maybe understandable, and all too easy, for me to spend all my time focusing on the distressing news that we are seeing. But in a time like this, I need to be reminded to fix my eyes on the God who is everlasting, and I encourage you to try and do the same.
If you want to pray or provide practical support but are not sure how, here are a couple of suggestions:
Of course, for the Christian, our first response is prayer. However, when faced with a large-scale situation, it can be difficult to know how to pray. I am grateful for the team at 24-7 Prayer who have developed prayer resources for us and I recommend this to you – there are resources here for you to pray on your own, in small groups or in families.
This helpful and insightful blog on the New Ground website may also help inform and guide your prayers.