From Lxxx (Day 145): Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your prayers. We had a disturbing day and night. Several air alarms during the day, our bridge was hit again. At night the sirens woke us up several times. In the morning we learnt about bombing of the villages in Odessa area. Our town is safe all this time, and a verse that comes to my mind is from Psalm 91 “….but it shall not come nigh thee.”
I talked to our counselor Vxxx yesterday. She told me about some of her clients. The problems people had before the war didn’t disappear, they need to deal with them now, because these problems are much harder to bear now and it’s impossible to ignore them like they did it in a peaceful time. Family conflicts, problems in relations, problems with children-teenagers, relations with in-laws, these are the issues our counselors deal with as they work with war traumas.
Last week Vxxx had a visit to Opera House. I am glad that she found some time in her busy schedule to relax. And it’s good that Opera works now.
This is what Vika writes about her going to the theater: “ When we face changes we always compare how it was and how it became. What has changed and what has remained the same in almost 5 months?
Sandbags barricades near the Opera House, the signs showing the entrance to the shelter.
Empty seats in the theater – the number of tickets they sell should correspond to the to the number of seats in the shelter.
The show is interrupted by the siren and as we go to the bomb shelter we hear the announcement that after the end of the air raid alert, the show would continue. They don’t give bulletins with a show program, but there is a magazine about the Odessa Opera House. It’s interesting.
The things that stay the same:
Flowers, fountains, “The Barber of Seville” and Don Basilio, celebrating the 50th anniversary on the stage, are still beautiful.”
Yesterday three new women came to the Bible study group which Sxxxx leads now ( the group was started by our elder Vxxxx who is in hospital now).
Please, pray for the healing of the hearts of our people damaged by the war.
P.S. I the photos you can see our bridge before the war and now, Odessa Opera house with the barricade of sandbags and Vxxx with her husband in the theater.