Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences , offered a prayer for the people of Ukraine and Russia at the Love Your Neighbor Coalition prayer service on Feb. 26.
By Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling
For there is a season for everything under the heavens.
There is a time to weep
God heard the cries in
In the wilderness
At the cross
In killing fields across the globe
And in Kyiv, all of Ukraine and Russia on this day.
and our Savior weeps with us now.
fleeing bombs and bloodshed
seeking shelter and safety
clustering together desperately seeking refuge from cluster munitions
seeking to protect their homes and homeland
defending their right to live in freedom and self-determination
sacrificing themselves for the sake of a war they did not create
which was begun on the altar of ego and vainglory.
sacred spaces smoldering in the carnage
They speak when we have no words.
They cleanse and heal.
They water the dry ground of
our wounded, parched souls.
They release the torrent of emotion that swells within us as
we watch in horror and cannot make it stop
We weep as our savior wept,
not out of weakness but out of love.
We weep at the loss of innocence
We weep at the loss of peace
We weep at the loss of life
We weep at the loss
the world stands with you
opening homes and hearts,
tables and tabernacles,
minds and mouths in solidarity.
for the greatest atrocities known to humankind
were first malformed and malignant desires
conceived within the human heart.
swords into plowshares,
spears into pruning hooks.
May we study war no more
and walk in your light.
Receive our tears, and the groans
too deep for words as our prayer today.
Receive our weeping and send swiftly the peace and joy that comes with the morning.