The Real World

There is so much beauty in our world. And so much ugliness. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to focus. Thanks to technology and social media, distant corners of the world have drawn closer, so what is happening today in Ukraine feels like it’s happening in my backyard. The pain and anguish of a war waged upon innocent people by an evil man isn’t my war, but the horror of it still weighs heavily.

Most of the world is telling Vladimir Putin that this aggression is unacceptable. I doubt he’s listening. While international sanctions will surely cause him some inconvenience, he was prepared for it. This is no spur-of-the-moment invasion. I have every confidence that Putin anticipated the world’s reaction and built self-protection and retaliation into his plans long before he began executing them. So, as I view this war at a distance, a tiny voice from my backyard can be heard warning that its effects will inevitably be felt here. This is the reality of the world in which we live today.

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 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6-7]




3 thoughts on “The Real World

  1. pastordt says:

    Really well put – and exactly my feeling, too. Thank you.

  2. Darlene says:

    You have articulated what I have been thinking. This will eventually affect all of us, sadly. For now, we must pray for these poor people who have done nothing to deserve this horror.

  3. I’m struggling not to watch tv 24-7. Instead, I’m choosing to send out good thoughts and a lot of prayers . The new millennium has been a test that none of us saw coming, but if it’s true and everything happens for a reason, maybe the world will heal sooner than later. I don’t know. But I’m going to never give up hope. Thanks for sharing, Carol. I am sending out love to everyone and everything that crosses my path today. And tomorrow. Yes, it starts in my backyard.

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