Prayer for Ukraine under invasion

God of plowshares, pruning hooks,
and peace-making,
translate such old archaic words
into hope today in Ukraine

that your promise to shatter
bows and swords, spears and shields,
may mean now
an end of missile strikes
and long-range artillery,
the silencing of Kyiv’s air-raid sirens.

We pray for those who flee the capital
and those who shelter in place
and in fear in Kharkiv to the east.
We pray for troops already exhausted
from their long watching.

We pray for NATO land and air forces,
knowing that means people,
and we pray for Germany and Poland
as they open borders to fleeing refugees.

God, we have studied war for so long,
let it be no more, no more.

Teach us a new peacemaking,
guiding the leaders of nations,
and holding gently in your heart
the many who live and die
because of their decisions,

for we pray in the name of Jesus
who wept for our great needing
of the things that make for peace.


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12 Responses to Prayer for Ukraine under invasion

  1. says:

    Fine fine moving prayer. Thank you. Putting our two empty hands together over our hopeful hearts is God’s counter-insurgency. Mark

  2. dabar96 says:

    More divine tears for Kyiv, another city under siege. Woe to you, Moscow…!

    • Maren says:

      Yes, indeed, though there are articles about Moscow residents terrified by what Putin will do next and I remember so recently being frightened almost beyond reason by the leader of my country.

  3. Laurie Rowan says:

    Your words, Maren, express our hope and our fears for the people of Ukraine, as Putin stubbornly risks the lives of many. How do we handle a rogue ruler? How do we enforce peace?

  4. I really struggle with hope – regularly, to be sure, but particularly in this situation. Peacemaking has not come up with reliable ways to deter naked aggression. Hope and faith tell us they can – history tells us that they must. Alas, the day of our hopes’ fulfillment has not come, and I, for one, struggle to choose hope when it’s so hard to feel it.

    • Maren says:

      I join you my friend. And worry about how frequently the US tries to police the world, and yet I know so many Ukrainians here who came after Chernobyl and who are so heartbroken.

  5. Stephanie McClellan says:

    Hi Maren!

    How far and wide are we allowed to share your blog posts (with proper credit given, of course?) Is it permissible to put them on church websites and Facebook Pages?

    We have been using your Communion Liturgies for months. But in them you give outright permission to use and adapt.

    There are a good many that I would love to be able to share with my friends and my church family. This one on Ukraine being one.

    Thank you for sharing your powerful words and thoughts. Steph

    Bloomfield-Musgravetown Pastoral Charge (709) 541-2756 (Talk or Text)

    Women’s InterChurch Council * Restoring Hope to Women Touched by Injustice Website –


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