The dreadful and devastating crisis emerges before our eyes as the Russian military invade Ukraine.
This is something we have not experienced for over eighty years. Hundreds of thousands of children and adults have been affected. The evacuation of so many people on the roads with their suitcases, travelling away from their homes to places of safety, such as Poland, Moldova, Romania, and Hungary. Europe is united in support of these people who need our help now.
What can we do? Firstly, we can pray. We can pray for the people and for peace. In our schools, in our churches and in our homes. We can pray on our own or join in with others to show solidarity, united in faith.
Secondly, we can give. It may be online donation or actual clothes and food and medicines. There are places in every town where these can be sent to depots to reach the Ukrainian people, wherever they are.
There are many large charities where your money will be well used. UNICEF is focussing on children and families.
A Prayer for Ukraine
We pray for peace and for the leaders of the countries as they try valiantly to open talks and prevent further fighting and use of weapons.
We pray for the people in Ukraine, those who have stayed and those who have travelled away from their country, in fear and desperation for their lives. Children and families have been separated in the fight for the freedom of their country. Help us to do what we can to help, by giving and praying.
Father, hear our prayers and calm our fears. Be with us and with our neighbours of Ukraine.
Amen. Rev’d Sue Martin, Diocese of Norwich