(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.)
I woke up this morning, took the dogs out, went out front to get the paper, made myself a cup of coffee and wondered, if I lived in Ukraine, would I be doing this? I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in the midst of a modern invasion. What do you do? Do you just carry on and hope the missile doesn’t come your way? I know many have evacuated, but many have not. Men under 60 have been asked to stay and fight. Many who were away from their country have returned to fight for their homeland.
How do you do that? Do you go down to the local warehouse and pick out a helmet, a gun and night goggles that Germany or Canada sent over? And what do you do with it? These people aren’t trained.
I’m so in the dark; I don’t know what I’m talking about. It all seems so surreal when you start to think about it and imagine what it must be like to be there. You can’t.
But you can pray.
Prayer is suddenly very real here. Prayer becomes the one real thing we can all engage in. And don’t sell prayer short. This is a world-altering event. Don’t think your little prayer isn’t going to turn this thing around. Oh yeah? What about all those times in the Old Testament when God stopped the sun, turned armies in on themselves, or struck everyone dead before they ever got to them. I have no way of confirming the recent stories I’ve been hearing, but I’ve heard about missiles disappearing after being fired, tanks running out of fuel, soldiers getting lost and having to ask the locals for directions. And why not?
Pray for the family of God. There are Christians on both sides. And pray for peace. Pray for an end to conflict. Pray for believers everywhere and pray for unbelievers to become believers. (“There are no atheists in foxholes.”)
Yes it’s frustrating, and distant, but you can pray.
Thanks for today’s message and so true we can each pray for all you have mentioned. I count my blessings every day. I was glad to see my daughter, grand daughter, and grand son yesterday. Both have birthday’s coming up. Colt my grandson his is March 10 of this year and Brianna’s is April 11 of this year. I thank God for all of them each day and the best to spend some time with them. They live in a town about forty miles from Las Vegas. I saw them last on New Year’s Day. We can each pray that families in the Ukraine and countries close to them where many have fled can live in peace soon and prayer for the aggression to stop. I hope millions around the world pary now more than ever before. Take care, God Bless, and have a great day.
Amen on praying & so good you were able to see family…
Dear Pastor John, sorry for trying to correct you, yet it’s NOT the first of May as you said in recording reading the Catch – it’s the first of March, LOL 🙂
So yet again, I’ll suggest which as for years & falling on your deaf ears!!! To consider b/c NO ONE memory is perfect, so learn to make a system, which helps make doing things easily done correctly & in order. Also, please consider (you mentioned before having Chalder your son) reading Dr. Robert Rohm’s DISC Method of Understanding Personality Types.
PS I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar, as the saying goes that when you & Chalder have finished reading it – I’ll be able to recognize it after reading a Catch – and I’m ALSO sure once your son reads it he’ll HIGHLY recommend it to you – to educate yourself.