Desiring Peace in Ukraine and America: a Sonnet

Desiring Peace in Ukraine and America: a Sonnet


O Lord, You are a mighty warrior,

Whose arm of strength enables any peace,

For only Your great hand can end all war –

Beneath Your gracious blade can fighting cease.

Behold invading armies East and South

And hark my home collapsing in the West!

The soldier and the politician’s mouth

Is frothed with madness, folly, deep unrest.

O Lord, why do they rage with hate and fear?

Why else but this: the war is born within.

Please heed the clarion and take your spear

To conquer hearts, free captives from their sin.

My outward eyes see wars of fear and hate;

My upward gaze perceives Your justice great.


A Related Bible Passage: Zepheniah 3:17

17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

(Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.)



Seeing as I am now living in Ukraine, I am more acutely aware of the war that is brewing on the eastern and southern borders. It is something that came up every day during teacher orientation: every time the leader gathered prayer requests during the devotional time, someone mentioned it, and, when we were talking about emergency procedures on Friday, someone noted that if news came that Russia was fully invading Ukraine we would have a few days to evacuate before they arrived. It is very real concern that I must submit to God, for it is entirely outside of my control.

At the same time, my heart is troubled by the political situation of my home country, the USA, which is not united much any more and seems in a terrible state. I do not like either of the main candidates for various reasons (I would simply hate to be part of a second Benghazi, for one) and the rising alternatives do not fill me with much confidence either. At any rate, my native land in an uproar, a whirling mess of hatred, fear, and lies almost to the point of civil war.

What both Ukraine and America desperately need is peace and there is only one source of peace, whether for the individual or the world: Jesus. He brings it to us through a spiritual sword, cutting away the sin our hearts, from which spring the hatred of words and deeds. Only in His transforming power can we have peace and I earnestly pray for that.

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3 thoughts on “Desiring Peace in Ukraine and America: a Sonnet”

  1. Thank you for this poem Matthew, I especially appreciate your line, “Beneath Your gracious blade can fighting cease.” I will keep praying for the Lord’s mercy both her and there!

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