From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 411):
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
If I could see God face to face and ask Him just one question, I would ask Him to show me all the great things accomplished for His glory during this war.
We’ve seen glimpses of those in today’s news:
- 100 Ukrainian POWs returned from Russian captivity today. Almost half of them have severe wounds, serious health conditions, or had to undergo torture in captivity. Among those released is Valeriia Karpylenko – she was among the defenders of Azovstal in Mariupol. I shared her story on day 77 (https://bit.ly/40NYO65) – she and her husband had been married for 3 days before he was killed in the battle for Mariupol. Valeriia spent almost a year in Russian captivity.
- Gennady Mokhnenko, the well-known pastor and chaplain from Mariupol, shared a story of a Japanese journalist who decided to get baptized on Easter Day! He joined the Mariupol Chaplain Battalion almost a year ago, has served with them this whole time, saw their Christian love in action, and chose to give his life to Christ. What a great victory!
- My friend shared about his brother, who is fighting in one of the most intense portions of the front line. His brother said they pray, feel the prayers of others, and see many miracles. His brother has had situations when he would linger somewhere for a second, yet this second would save his life. His friends started calling him lucky, but he said God protected him.
I hate this war. It has drained us all on so many levels. It has caused so much pain and destruction that we can’t fully grasp the scale of it all. However, knowing that God is at work and seeing glimpses of what He is doing gives us the strength to persevere.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
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Thank you Heavenly Father for the glimpses of hope sent to the exhausted citizens and militia of Ukraine. May You bare Your mighty arm and bring victory!
by Christina Georgina Rossetti
I lift mine eyes, and see
Thee, tender Lord, in pain upon the tree,
Athirst for my sake and athirst for me.
“Yea, look upon Me there,
Compassed with thorns and bleeding everywhere,
For thy sake bearing all, and glad to bear.”
I lift my heart to pray:
Thou Who didst love me all that darkened day,
Wilt Thou not love me to the end alway?
“Yea, thee My wandering sheep,
Yea, thee My scarlet sinner slow to weep,
Come to Me, I will love thee and will keep.”
Yet am I racked with fear:
Behold the unending outer darkness drear,
Behold the gulf unbridgeable and near!
“Nay, fix thy heart, thine eyes,
Thy hope upon My boundless sacrifice:
Will I lose lightly one so dear-bought prize?”
Ah, Lord; it is not Thou,
Thou that wilt fail; yet woe is me, for how
Shall I endure who half am failing now?
“Nay, weld thy resolute will
To Mine: glance not aside for good or ill:
I love thee; trust Me still and love Me still.”
Yet Thou Thyself hast said,
When Thou shalt sift the living from the dead
Some must depart shamed and uncomforted.
“Judge not before that day:
Trust Me with all thy heart, even tho’ I slay:
Trust Me in love, trust on, love on, and pray.”