Prayer for Ukraine

God, may the words of all the mouths
speaking this week on the fragile
safety of the Ukraine
ease the fearful meditations
of so many hearts,
with Russian troops massed
along the border and
live-fire exercises
leading to new terror.

Rounds of diplomatic talks
and threats of sanctions are weapons.

Somehow in the midst
of days of nothing being acceptable
to the positions of Russia,
the United States and NATO,
may this be the day
of de-escalation and hopemaking,

for strength is not in the security
of armed forces,
nor is redeeming ever invasion,
and they are rarely gained
in one week’s diplomacy,
but in a commitment to
a long, complicated discourse,

may this be a day of troop withdrawal,
and of people in Ukraine
beginning to trust the process,
and know the world cares,

and those of the Ukrainian diaspora
in Canada, Russia, Brazil,
Argentina, US, resting their hearts
and deepening their prayers.

May the words of our mouths,
and the meditations of our hearts
be acceptable to you
God, our strength, and our redeemer. Amen

(Psalm 19: 14)

In Kiev, monument of Independence, public domain
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9 Responses to Prayer for Ukraine

  1. John Madsen-Bibeau says:


  2. Laurie Rowan says:

    Amen. Thank you, Maren, this prayer speaks to me and to the desire for peace in Ukraine. The Russian troops at the border are frightening. We all long for peace.

  3. Jessica McArdle says:

    Yes! Amen and amen.

  4. says:

    Hi, Maren. I’ve just read all your prayers since Jan. 13th.  I continue to appreciate your capacity to pay attention to all parts of our society and the world with an open heart, praying in joy or sorrow or frustration but praying your hopes, while I sometimes fold up with anger, pain, and hopelessness over what is happening.  It is slow work to stay focused on living our hopes.  In you, I am reminded that praying helps.  Thanks, as always.

    On Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:31:56 +0000 Gifts

    • Maren says:

      Wonderful to hear from you, Jo, and I’m glad that praying can focus the bright in any given day. I am a lucky one not to go to anger (doctor tells me I am way low on testosterone and keeps suggesting I take some) but often come close to despair or helplessness. It is the holy communication that lifts me up. Maren

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