A Prayer for Ukraine

February 24, 2022

Prince of Peace, 

In this moment of an unfolding war in Ukraine we ask for your help, be with those citizens who are now refugees fleeing for safety, guide the leaders of this world as they try to untangle this situation, protect the soldiers who are fighting, may there be a limit to the loss of life and limb.

Father, help our country, our leaders, and our service men and women, help us to remain a strong deterrent from further aggression from our enemies, be with families who are wondering if their loved ones will be deployed or pulled into this conflict.

God, on a day like today, when our hearts and minds turn to chaos unfolding outside of our immediate sphere, we also want to be mindful of those hurting in our space. Help us to be light to someone today and share your love.

In Jesus Name, AMEN.

As a pastor, I am professionally trained to study the bible, understand theology (some), preach, and offer pastoral care. However, there is one area where most pastors… maybe even most Jesus-followers are under trained in. This area is in trying to figure out what God is doing in our own life.

The other day I was listening to a podcast where my mentor, Brian Russell, was interviewing another pastor/author, Marc Alan Schelske. Marc was talking about his own spiritual formation and struggles as a pastor.

Marc also shared a tool he uses to help him process what God is doing in his life. He gave three questions he asked that are inspired by an ancient church father, St. Ignatius.

I found them so helpful I tweeted, blogged about, and made it the cover of the church newsletter. Marc offered the practice of time daily journaling through these questions.

#1 What happened in my life yesterday?

#2 Why did I respond or choose the way that I did?

#3 Who is God inviting me to be?

These questions have added value to my processing time with the Lord. 

What practices do you find helpful in addition to your prayer and scripture reading?

Want to save time and money while traveling this summer? Here is the secret that my family uses: we pack our own lunches. Here are three reasons this has become even more helpful this summer.

#1 You Save Time

Right now businesses all over the country are facing labor shortages. I even saw one friend who wasn’t able to get any food on a road trip because all the fast food restaurants had closed early in the day due to labor shortages. This also has meant that when restaurants are open there are long lines.

Are you headed out on a road trip or to a park this summer? Then bring your own food for you and your family. During a recent visit to a water park and a theme park we saw people waiting over an hour for burgers and fries. Even if you have to go out of the park to a cooler in your vehicle it will save you time in many circumstances.

#2 You Save Money

This is simple. If you make something at home it will most likely be significantly cheaper than buying at in a park or at a restaurant. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?

#3 You Will Feel Better

Does anyone really feel better after eating fast food? Seriously, how do you feel after eating a huge cheese burger vs. eating a chicken wrap and carrots?

Make the Most of Your Time

We all work so hard. Make the most of your travel and time with family. Spend a few minutes the day before you leave and pack a delicious lunch so save time, money, and feel better.