Yes it appeared to have just disappeared but I have found it. While yesterday I reported it seemed to have ascended without a trace, I guess the Internet finally caught up with my time, so I’ll share it with you on this edition of “Becoming Today”.
Yesterday I shared a description of an image of bravery during the early hours of the premeditated attack on Ukraine.
As I wrote then,:
“…as I wrote about the need to come together in prayer, I witnessed it in action.
There it was captured on video during live coverage by CNN. Honestly not something I would usually be watching, perhaps this was the reason why I channel surfed there.
After the initial round of airstrikes and just before the first tanks rolled across from Belarus, there was a small group of Ukrainian women coming together in strength. They knelt down on the square in Kharkiv, that nation’s second largest city, which is roughly the size of Dallas, Texas:, the 4th largest city in America.
They gathered in a circle, on their knees and were quite obviously praying. I can only surmise seeking peace and asking for protection.
I have no idea who they were and I only saw the image once.
I haven’t been able to revisit it anywhere as the breaking developments are causing more salacious and less uplifting images to be prevalent.
I just wanted to let these women know they were not alone. Even as they entered the square, while I was some 5,800 miles ( 9,300 kilometers) away I was there with them and myself in prayer with and for them.”
Since then I have been able to find an archived report of what I saw.
The following is a screenshot of the CNN video you can view here.
Since this airing of the video began before the circle was complete, as I watched live I indicated the group was all women, however I can now see that at least two appear to be men, so I don’t want to overlook or misidentify them.
Again I wanted to bring attention to this act of p[eaceful resistance as it’s bravery like these unnamed people demonstrated that too often goes overlooked.
The courage to venture out into uncertain quickly devolving circumstances, shows their fortitude. Their commitment to step out into the light and publicly take action based on their values and beliefs is the kind of character we should all be seeking to be “becoming” of.
So while these past few days perhaps the top of mind definition for peace is aligned with being the opposite of war – when seeking for and praying for peace it is so much more with all attributes empowering us to continue on and allow for healing and correction.
I am and hope you are still continuing to pray for peace.
I was asked how long we should continue this for. The answer is and has for centuries been available in the Scriptures. As it is simply yet eloquently written in the King James Version of 1st Thessalonians 5 verse 17:
“Pray without ceasing”.
Just that simple. However, (giggling, out loud) let me also note that in case you feel the need for further clarification, just as with other issues of great importance in the Bible, the instruction is repeated multiple times including in Ephesians 6 verse 18:
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
As we prepare to wrap up the week that was, I also wanted to share just a few random thoughts.
The world is a highly emotional place. This is nothing new. Combine the fact that far too many allow themselves to be ruled by feelings, too often they don’t even think of looking for the facts.
One of those issues that’s really being discussed lately is the price of gasoline. Something that we do not need to politicize.
I keep hearing statements like this being repeated, ‘during the last administration gas was cheaper’.
Yes it was, but so were a whole lot of other things. Even without a world-wide pandemic and the resulting unexpected long-term supply chain crisis, prices including that of gasoline rose nearly every year, during the last administration.
Not my feelings, let’s examine the truth.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 prices at the pump for all fuel types averaged for the year at $2.20 a gallon. The next year it rose to $2.46. In 2018 it shot up to $2.79.
Taking a slight dip in the final year of the former administration, $2.69 a gallon was still significantly higher than the current leadership’s first year of 2020.
The average then was $2.24, which was the lowest it had been in sixteen years or lower than it had been during the past three administrations.
If we are to grow, restore and always be “Becoming”, you can NOT intentionally or otherwise pass along false information. Whether it’s misinformation or disinformation really doesn’t matter. Both are divisive, seek to destroy and in the long term will serve no good, for anyone.
Doing so is really gossiping, which when considered by it’s biblical name of “murmuring” is something in which we are expressly instructed NOT to do..
Again search the truth In the King James Philippians 2 verse 14: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings”.
Switching to the N-I-V, continuing the directive explains “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life…”
Totally random reflections and inspirations from the past few days…
- Let the seed take root. Speak as if “it” is already true. For it is.
- The only obstacles are in your mind. No limits. No labels! Reignite. Fuel your passions and flow forward.
- I am sending MYSELF love today. Ensuring what I have overcome is paving my path forward and upward.
- I am confident, capable and committed to always being “Becoming”.
- I am motivated to endure, overcome, thrive and exceed in all things, in accord with the Lord.
- Your past experiences empower you to go forward. Your testimony reveals the Truth of HIs Word.
The week began with me sharing my testimony that overcoming the month that has been thus far has been a bit challenging for me.
Like all of life, it’s been a process.
One that began with questioning myself, recognizing my needs and having my path forward revealed in my reflections.
However, getting myself unstuck is certainly worth it. That’s where we pick up our discussion come Monday, on our next edition of “Becoming Today”.