1/21/2023 – This week, I was thinking about children –

From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 331):

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
Psalm 31:1

We had a lovely sunny day today, so I took my son for a walk instead of one of our homeschool lessons. The birds were chirping, and it felt like spring (in the middle of January!), and it unexpectedly triggered so many memories.

When we came to this village on the first day of the invasion, there were many uncertainties, so we tried not to go too far from our yard. Sometimes, we would go to a small dried-up pond nearby, where we ended up today. I was overcome with the feelings of those early days of March 2022, the memories of the first missile attacks on Kharkiv and Kyiv… This winter has been challenging, and we’re looking forward to the spring, but today showed me that it may not necessarily be easier since we’ll have to come to terms with the fact that the full-scale war will have passed the one-year mark.

This week, I was thinking about children – many of them displaced, living through sirens and learning to deal with anxiety and loss, many of them separated from their families (men are not allowed to leave the country during the martial law), many of them have witnessed the horrible things they should never have seen. This new generation of Ukrainians is going through severe challenges, and we pray that the Lord uses it all for His glory. May this fire refine their hearts but not destroy them. May the Lord have mercy and be their comfort.

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Today’s picture is from our today’s walks in the neighborhood.

3 responses to “1/21/2023 – This week, I was thinking about children –”

  1. “The utter stupid waste of war, not only material but moral + spiritual, is so staggering to those who have to endure it.” –J.R.R. Tolkein in a letter to his son [Prof. Tolkein had endured WW I, + now wrote to his son during WW II]

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