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War is always a tragedy, people suffer hunger, pain, sorrow and death. Unfortunately, humanity have not found, or perhaps choose to ignore, ways to solve our problems that do not include war. There are about 40 wars going on around the world today, and sadly the war in the Ukraine is the latest one.
In our world today, the fact that we speak so many different languages introduces an element of us against them, in all we do. Those who speak Greek think they who speak Swahili, are different and cannot be trusted, so we “fight to protect our interests”.
Whether we speak Greek, Swahili, English, or Lingala – our basic need for food, clothing, shelter, love and warmth is the same. We achieve more through cooperation and collaboration than through conflict and war.
A day is coming when there shall be no more war (Isaiah 2:2-4), because all humanity would live in unity, speak one language, serve one righteous King, and turn all our weapons of war into producing food for all. Before that day comes, let’s pray for peace in Ukraine and other troubled places around the world.
Let’s pray especially for leaders as 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (The Message Bible) counsels: “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”
Lord, hear our prayers for peace in Ukraine and in our world today, Amen!