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Isaiah 60:18

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.


It’s February 24 as I write this, and the long-awaited bad news finally came through the airwaves this morning: Putin attacked Ukraine. It’s been simmering for some time now, talk of World War III, and I’m scared because my Ukrainian artist-friends who helped me illustrate five books are stuck in Odessa right now. In fact, Gennadiy wrote me hastily this morning to inform me that a missile just struck near his home, and that he’s trying to flee with his family to Romania or Italy, but that he isn’t sure where he’ll go—and that was it. So, while I sit here in the comfort of my armchair trying to piece together a few sentences, my friends are frantically calling loved ones, rushing to find asylum, and making last-ditch efforts to save their very lives.


Christian, someone you know is stuck in the crossfire right now as well, maybe not in this Russian conflict, but in some equally existential one; so cry out to God on their behalf! Pray for Salvation and Praise to resound above the din of their present darkness.