“The Anglican Church in Dublin, Ireland, has crafted a prayer quite fitting for this moment:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend to your merciful care the people and government of Ukraine that, being guided by your providence, they may dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to their leaders and all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve their people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
I can’t even imagine. I’ve never lived in the middle of war. I’ve never had to eat and sleep and work and play in a place where everything is turning into ruins before my very eyes.
God, in your infinite mercy, bring Your peace into our violence, as the song says, and bring Your calm into the chaos of our world. Be with the people of Ukraine tonight and be their Stronghold, their Safe Place, their Shelter in the midst of the storm raging all around them.
And we look forward to the day when war will be no more and every sword will be laid at Your feet. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.