PEACE AS THE WORLD GIVES
The Russian invasion continues, and nowhere in Ukraine seems safe—not even 167 miles away from the fighting. Earlier this month, Liza Dmytriyeva, a little four-year-old girl with Down syndrome, played big-girl in a park in the city of Vinnytsia, pushing her own stroller and smiling up at her mommy in a video posted to social media. Photos from hours later show the stroller on its side, mangled and bloody, marking the spot where Liza was killed by a Russian cruise missile that destroyed the medical center nearby. The peace the world gives—assuring families that being far away from the battlefield will keep them safe—is not real peace.
PEACE AS THE LORD GIVES
On the night Jesus was to be betrayed, He promised that though He Himself was going away from His disciples for a while, they would see Him again. Better yet, He would come to them in the form of a helper or advocate, the Spirit of truth, so He could be in them—and they in Him—forever. The Holy Spirit brings the peace that Jesus carried inside Him, and no act of war, disease, or death can ever separate those who believe in Him from the peace He gives.
- What has been your strongest reaction to the war in Ukraine?
- When has human or earthly peace failed you?
- How have you felt the peace of the Lord—and have you experienced it lately?