12/18/2022 – War update and commentary: O come, thou Dayspring from on high….

From Jamie Peipon: (Day 296): In the accompanying video, you can see the view out of a passenger airliner. This particular plane is reportedly flying over Moldova. Out the window, you can see a portion of the results from russia’s most recent barrage of cruise missiles into Ukraine. People are literally flying through a neighboring country and seeing the war in real time as they travel. In some ways, yesterday’s salvo was more intense than any before. The overall number of missiles was less, but the concentration was different. In an attempt to oversaturate Kyiv’s air defense systems, russia fired 76 missiles at critical infrastructure; with 40 missiles aimed at Kyiv alone. 37 of them were shot down, which is a remarkable success rate considering what they have to work with… and this is before the arrival of the Patriot system.

The russians know that the Patriot system is not good news for their terrorist activities. They “warned” the United States not to send them and told the Biden administration that there would be “unpredictable consequences” if they were to proceed with the delivery. There surely will be consequences… but I think they are quite predictable: fewer and fewer russian missiles will make it to their intended targets.

Of course, the problem is that even one missile making it through is a disaster. One such missile hit a residential building in the city of Kryviy Rih. Today, the lifeless body of an 18-month-old boy was pulled from the rubble. His parents were also killed in the blast. This (along with 40 other reasons aimed at Kyiv yesterday) is the reason that Ukraine wants the global community to acknowledge that russia is a terrorist state. As they say: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… it’s probably a duck. My apologies to ducks everywhere for demeaning them in this illustration by associating them with russian terrorists.

I wrote a while back about the investigative reporting done that exposed the actual team in russia who programs their missiles. In a further validation of the accuracy of that reporting, the European Union targeted each one of those individuals with sanctions. I hope they like vacationing in Siberia because there is virtually no chance that they’ll be leaving their motherland again.

Lastly, I usually end each of these posts with Scripture. I’m going to pivot from that leading up to Christmas. We usually associate Christmas music with joyfulness. That is good and true. But I’ve been particularly struck this year by how much lament is found in the songs we sing at this time. I’m particularly grateful for that this year when I’ve experienced much less “joy to the world,” and have come to a much deeper knowledge of “far as the curse is found.” And, yet, even in the lament there is unshakable hope.

“O come, thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.”

2 responses to “12/18/2022 – War update and commentary: O come, thou Dayspring from on high….”

  1. Jamie,
    Thank you for sharing. Our pastor taught about this same hymn this morning at church. I had no idea how much older it is than some of the other more common hymns. Joy to the world is about 200 years old. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, originally written in Latin, is 1200 years old. Praying for Ukraine 🇺🇦


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