Continued Devastation and Misery

I gotta tell you, I’m having a really hard time swallowing the devastation that Russia is inflicting on Ukraine right now. Yes, I daily pray for the Ukrainian people and I’ve donated money for Ukraine and even prayed for Putin to be touched by our Lord, but it doesn’t seem to always adequately diminish the dismay that can sometimes swell up within me, when I see the continual death and misery that is being unmercifully inflicted by the armed forces of one bigger nation, on the defending and civilian population of another smaller nation.

Putin has a big nuclear stick and he is playing it for all he is worth. The tactics being used are easy to understand, give me what I want or I will destroy the whole sand box. Could anyone possibly be that crazy? But you don’t have to actually do it, you just have to display credible evidence that you might. Then advance where opportunities present themselves and overwhelm, area by area, as opponents compromise, in their hope to contain and possibly avoid, the devastating nuclear threat, which ultimately ends with everyone losing. Work the ultimatum.

Bully in the school yard comes to mind. Pick off the weak and defenceless. Might makes right. And believe me, I have no delusions about our own squeaky white objectives of playing or manipulating the advantage for possible containment and even possible ultimate control (think politics), but this is a whole scale frontal assault, with no concern for anything or anyone, other than achieving the desired objective. Humanities madness marches throughout our history. Ideologies fail because the depths to which some within mankind will go, in order to achieve these sinister objectives, knows no boundaries.

Jesus told us that there would be wars and rumours of wars, and that we are not to fear, but it is not easy to standby and see old people, women and children being slaughtered because of one man’s need for personal vindication and unlimited power. This is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last, but when you actually see it happening, as we do now, it is hard to believe. Such is the depraved fallen heart of man.

And these are but the birth pains, Jesus said. Lord have mercy.
But for those who believe and trust in Jesus and His Kingdom, and endure unto the end, our eternal home is just around the corner.
A new heaven and a new earth, a new body, restored, without sin, pain or death, in the presence of Almighty God, for evermore.

Because I live, you also shall live, Jesus said.

Fear not, I have overcome the world, Jesus said.

I am the way, the truth and the life, Jesus said.

No man comes unto the Father but by Me, Jesus said.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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    • Hi Beverly, I’m going to hold myself in check because I’ve really had my fill of false narratives as of late. I have done my research, from many varied reputable sources. If your perception of what is happening between Russia and Ukraine differs from mine, there is nothing that I can do about that. I do trust you read my statement about myself not having any delusions about our own objectives. God’s blessings to you and yours.

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    • Thank you for sharing that Linda Lee. I was beginning to think these thoughts were only my own. I know nothing is hidden from God, I know that these “things” must be, it’s just sometimes seeing them unfold tears at the heart and I long for the peace of His presence. Blessings and thank you again.

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      • I suspect there are many of us feeling this way. It’s not an easy thing to articulate, however. I haven’t been able to write much in my blog for quite some time, because it’s all so overwhelming. Still working on my memoir every day, but that is slow going, too. All I can do is pray and trust that if it’s meant to be, it will eventually turn into an actual book.

        Blessings to you and your family.

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  1. You have touched on many of my memories. Besides spending three years in West Germany during the Cold War, I spent nearly ten years working in nuclear defense. If Putin has not taken good maintenance measures, it is possible that not all his nuclear weapons would explode. Horrible pun, but a type of Russian Roulette if that is the case. I agree with Linda Lee in that I pray that it does not come to that. But… I have been meaning to comment before. In all your time in the Canadian Air Force, did you spend time in Germany near Baden Baden? I was a member of the golf club there, “Noisiest Golf Course in the World”, and often played with Canadians there, from mechanics to the test pilot.

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    • I actually did 3 years in the Navy, about ten in the Air Force and the rest in the Army. It’s a long story and some of the comm trades where switched around. I was in Germany at Baden Baden for a few days but only on my way through to Cyprus with the UN and then back again on the way home to Canada. All kinds of fun! I agree that no one loses their heads and pushes the button, that would not be good! According to a search I did, Russia has about 525 deployed ICBMs and the USA has about 665 so even if 10% failed, that still a lot of delivery systems and then we have multiple warheads. Definitely not pretty. Thanks for comments, seriously appreciated. Blessings!

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  2. Bruce, my “Amen” to all you’ve written here. In addition to all of the death and misery in Ukraine directly caused by Vladimir Putin, we have a faction of American evangelicals claiming we’re not being told the full story about the conflict (i.e., Putin has his good reasons) and that President Zelenskyy of Ukraine is the actual villain.

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    • Hi Tom, yes, I know, I’ve run into it myself a few times. Interestingly enough, the source websites are also quite well known and renowned for their factual reliability – not. But I digress! One day at a time. Blessings Tom!

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  3. Been praying daily for Ukraine. Its been emotional for me and I can’t imagine how you feel. And yes I pray for Russians too but its heavy thinking about the Ukrainian people…

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      • I agree. I do think there’s a pattern with Russia to have “special operations” in former soviet republics, even those that are not interested in NATO. I do have serious concerns about expansion of NATO and also EU being against traditional family value of Eastern Europe like Poland and Hungry but the more I look into it the last few weeks the more I think this war in Ukraine is a long line of Putin’s military operations to rise in power or when he needs to shift public opinion in his country, starting in Chechnya, Moldova, Takijistan, Georgia, Ukraine 2014, Syria and now again in Ukraine. There’s so much I want to say but I’ll leave it there.

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  4. Ditto, and amen, on everything you wrote here, Bruce!! The school yard bully can only be stopped in one way, either beaten up in a fight, or his own bloody nose that makes it not worth to try to start something again in the future. May God grant the Ukrainian people continued determination, stealthy strength and peace of spirit!

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