Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. ~Hebrews 13:2
Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.
We watch, in horror and disbelief, the atrocities of war being perpetrated upon the sovereign nation of Ukraine by the Russian military, commanded by the unhinged and power-driven dictator, Vladimir Putin. I know we are all inspired by the courage of the Ukrainian people; their resolve to fight this enemy and preserve their freedoms is modeled bravely by their own President Zelenskyy. Even though he faces multiple threats of assassination, this man has chosen to stay in his country and fight alongside his military and civilians.
Oh, how I despise the hesitancy and foot-dragging I see in our current administration when it comes to actually helping the people of Ukraine! Afraid to be accused of an act of war? Really? What has Putin already done that the whole world acknowledges? Does the phrase "war crimes" ring a bell? And is it truly a problem to send fighter jets through Poland? Aren't we a savvy enough military power to figure that out?
But, no. Let's reinstate that self-defeating deal with Iran, with the Russians acting as brokers. Let's refuse to drill for oil in our own country, and beg the bad actors who despise us for more oil production. Worst of all, let's continue to fund this heinous conflict by purchasing said oil from Russia - her economic bloodline.
In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens are fleeing their war-ravaged nation, many of them heading for their neighbor, Poland. I see on the news the crowds of women and children being processed upon their arrival, but refugee camps and shelters wont' be the final destination for a vast number these displaced people.
Why? Because hundreds of Polish families have agreed to take these refugees into their homes. Can you imagine the comfort and peace of mind that offers to those who fled their country, their loved ones, leaving everything familiar behind? I can only imagine the relief on the faces and in the hearts of the women, children and elderly as a Polish family rolls out the welcome mat without a moment's hesitation.
I'd like to think that, were I in the same situation, I would do likewise.
Welcoming strangers. Treating them as friends.
Entertaining them as if they were angels.
In the midst of the chaos and upheaval, I like to think that the generosity and kindness shown by the Polish people brings a smile to God's face.
May He richly bless each and every soul affected by this cruel and needless conflict.