Happy and blessed Monday!
I have been a little under the weather for the last couple of weeks so I’ve had more time to think. Like many others, my thoughts and prayers have been with Ukraine.
I think of all who are affected, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I think of the new widows, widowers, orphans and all those who have literally had to leave everything they have ever known for the totally unknown.
I also think of our own country and how we could easily become the next country under siege. What would we do and how would we feel?
In this contemplation, I thought of my go to book, the Bible, and found some verses that seemed to apply. They always calm my spirit as I read the word. Here are just a few that that give me solace.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Psalm 34:1-3, 15-16
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.