It is day sixteen of war between Russia and Ukraine.

“War can drive us all into the wilderness. Missiles drop, and we drop to our knees. We are a world wildly looking for a way out. We’re a hurting world, desperately fleeing – we see it all over our news screens.” (Ann Voskamp)

What would you stuff in your backpack as the enemy invades your city?

Do hard times make strong leaders?

With the utmost respect for the Ukrainian women, they leave their husbands and lead their children to some sort of safety.

Do hard times make strong leaders?

I listen to the news; they speak of the Ukrainian leader giving his people great hope. I see the images of death and destruction. I see evil.

I bow my head and pray. Pray for a country I have never been.  Pray for a people I do not know. But I pray.

I bow my head and pray.

We stand in the first week of the Lenton season feeling lost, for our world is thrown into the wilderness.

Lent is preparing the heart for Easter.

Mark 1:4-11 

The wilderness is where John baptized and proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John baptized in water, but Jesus would all who believed, with the Holy Spirit.

Mark 1:9-11

The spirit immediately drove Jesus into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness for forty days.

Matthew 4:1-11

Lent is preparing the heart for what is next.

I am convinced, although this world is unstable, as believers in Christ, we are called to continue to do the next thing. It may be we continue to raise Godly children. Continue to be a Godly example at work. It may be sending extra funds to missionaries. Whatever this is for you, continue to help others build their faith.

Do what God has laid upon your heart.

Easter will come.

Easter will come. Salvation is a gift to all mankind. Whether you observe Lent or not let’s pay more attention to The One who bought your salvation, for Easter is coming soon.

“The promised answers to our prayers, may not be found in the promised lands. But in the wilderness.” (Ann Voskamp)

Until next time, Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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