By Rev. Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Luke 13: 1-5
If you are anything like me, you have found it heartbreaking and gut-wrenching to view interviews with Ukrainians on the news these past couple of weeks. They are remarkable people. Despite the fact that they have been bombed and shot at; had their electricity and water shut-off; and are running out of food and medicine, they remain committed to defending their homeland; maintaining democracy and resisting Putin’s dictatorship. One of the things I have noticed is how frequently news shows transition from an interview with a Ukrainian who pronounces they will win and push the Russians out to a military expert who declares that – despite Ukrainian grit and bravery – they are no match for Putin’s military and his brutal, “damn the torpedoes” tactics. And the military experts are very likely correct. But, in their minds, the Ukrainians will not go there; they cannot go there. The death and loss of their homes and their homeland is more than they are able to emotionally and spiritually accept. They are in denial.
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