Today marks 75 years since the beginning of the forced famine of 1932-33.
President Yushchenko is working hard to have countries recognize this horrific time in Ukrainian history as not simply a disaster, but genocide. To learn more about “death by hunger,” click this link.
In addition to special church services today, President Yushchenko has asked us all to light a candle and place it in a window this evening in memory of those who suffered and died.
As I lit a candle in our kitchen window, I was encouraged to see others on this street have done the same. I pray for the survivors who witnessed such evil — pain is still in the eyes of the elderly here. I pray for God’s comfort and healing touch on this land and its people.
Lord, I am stopped cold by the horror — and thank you that you have turned my heart of stone into one of flesh. I realize that my own heart is deceitful and that without you…well, who knows what I may have done…or might yet do!
Give us boldness to share your love and your truth with hurting people here. Grant us opportunities to teach about repentance and forgiveness. May we be your hands and feet.
May we never forget…