Today's Lectionary Text
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Now my head is higher than the enemies surrounding me,
Lord, listen to my voice when I cry out—
Hope in the Lord!
As I read through Psalm 27 several times over the last few days, each time I have more and more come to think of its words overlaying the images we’ve seen for two weeks now of war in Ukraine. What we see in those images are a people who are determined to overcome the aggression of a foreign power, crying out for help while staunchly defending their country, their freedom, their way of life. The Ukrainian people have become a symbol of endurance and hope for the world.
The psalm is attributed to David, one who knew war very well, with all its perils and fears. Yet David’s faith in God was such that he was able to proclaim his belief that God would protect him in all situations.
We all go through situations in our lives when it feels like we are embattled and that enemies invade and work to destroy whatever securities we have. Each person’s own battles are different than those of others, but each is a time of trial that can paralyze or empower us. When we go through those times we have a choice – one that isn’t always easy. We can hide ourselves away and become the victim of our fears. Or we can take a note from the psalmist and actively trust God to see us through the situation.
Many of Ukraine’s citizens are people of faith – Christians and Jews, as well as other faiths. It may, of course, simply be my projection on them, but as I watch the news coverage, I see people acting in faith to save their country, trusting God to see them through the perils of war and bring them to restoration – just as David did so long ago. And I wonder how many of us are ready to do the same in our own times of danger and discouragement.
-Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder
Prayer for Reflection
Pray for peace and justice for the people of Ukraine.
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