I offer another prayer for Ukraine. It is written by Rev. Emily Brewer, she is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.  The prayer is themed on Paul’s words in Romans in which he reminds us that the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. (I’m tempted to return to an ordinary Friday reading but I can’t, not with the continued invading of Russian forces in Ukraine.) It’s more like I need to fall on my knees (which does not happen much) and prayer for peace. This is a very disturbing and destructive act of aggression.  Another prayer for us to join together. “God, we sigh. We sigh because words cannot express our anguish, our hurt, our despair, knowing that siblings in Ukraine are fleeing their homes for their lives, that the cities and towns that hold memories and culture and history may be destroyed.  May our sighs remind us that we all share the same air; that what impacts one of us impacts all of us; that life is precious to God and war is never necessary. May our sighs be a prayer for every Ukrainian who worries about surviving today; for those who will not survive this invasion; for those who will survive and be forever changed by the trauma of war; for those Russian soldiers who question their orders and refuse to use their weapons.  May our sighs be a prayer for nuclear deproliferation; for an end to the sin of imperialism and colonization. May our sighs be a prayer for truth, peace, and solidarity to guide each of us; May our sighs be a prayer for Ukraine and the whole world. May our sighs fill our bodies with air to breathe through grief and fear and fill us with courage and connection, so that we are ready to act in solidarity with Ukraine, for an end to this war and all war.”

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” 

Reflection Questions:
What do you worry about?
What does it mean to be courageous?
How do you sense the Spirit’s presence helping you in times of difficulty?